Friday’s bloodshed in the Gaza Strip – seven Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, including two boys 12 and 14, and dozens wounded – was the worst in almost two months. The level of violence appears to be a direct result of a decision by Hamas.
The organization’s leaders in Gaza have been threatening for weeks to escalate the clashes with Israel along the border due to the impasse in talks on a plan to rebuild the enclave. During this period, the frequency of the Palestinians’ violent demonstrations has increased to almost every day, and the same goes for attempts to break through the border fence. On Friday, dozens of demonstrators managed to get through the fence, until soldiers drove them off.