Egypt Reportedly Working to Prevent Escalation Along Gaza Border

Israel sent a message to Palestinians that it is committed to quiet ■ Egypt asked Palestinians to present evidence of Israel's violation of open-fire agreements between sides

A Palestinian protester at he Israel-Gaza border, December, 2018.
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Egypt is trying to prevent further escalation of the violence along the Israel-Gaza border, Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Monday morning.

According to the report, Egypt is brokering communication between Israel and the Palestinian factions regarding the four Palestinian demonstrators who were killed by Israeli forces during Friday's protest along the border.

Egypt is trying to prevent escalation after the heads of Palestinian factions, in particular Hamas and Islamic Jihad, threatened to take action against Israel. The report noted that Israel sent the Palestinians a message that it is committed to calm in Gaza, and according to a Palestinian source quoted by Al Akhbar, an Egyptian representatives asked the Palestinians not to escalate the violence.

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An Egyptian security delegation is scheduled to arrive in Gaza on Monday to continue talks.

Egypt also asked the Palestinians to present evidence of their claims that Israeli snipers shot at protestors who were at a distance of more than 300 meters from the border fence, a violation of the agreement between the parties.

The Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions claimed that those killed were at a distance of 300 to 600 meters from the fence, and those wounded at 150 to 300 meters from the fence. They said this showed "Israeli snipers’ predetermination to murder Palestinians who do not pose any threat to Israeli forces deployed along the fence," adding that Israel had crossed red lines and that this reflects "the occupation's criminal mentality."

The factions announced on Sunday that the coming border protests on Friday will be a "test for the occupation and its bad intentions. If the occupation continues using excessive and disproportionate violence against the protesters, the Palestinian resistance will respond to the Israeli atrocious acts... not money, nor electricity and water, will deter the factions from carrying out their duties.”

The authorities in Gaza reported that four people were killed by Israeli army fire during the protests on Friday, including a 16-year old and a man who suffered from physical and mental disabilities. At least 40 other people were injured.