Photo Credit: IDF via Ofir Gendelman / Twitter
Gazans swarm in attempt to break through security fence while creating a diversion along border with Israel, driven by Hamas, April 6 2018

The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization lost four of its operatives in a “work accident” that took place this weekend along the Gaza border with Israel.

The group said the four were killed during “preparations” in an accidental explosion, according to Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

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Israel’s Galei Tzahal Army Radio reported, however, that the operatives were killed while riding with explosives in an ATV (all terrain vehicle), making it likely they were blown up in a “work accident.”

This past Friday, about 10,000 Gazans participated in the Hamas-driven riots along the Israel-Gaza border – this time, burning Israeli flags as well as posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Pring Mohammed bin Salman. They also burned more tires.

But the number of rioters is dropping by the thousands: the first “demonstration” attracted 30,000 rioters, and last week’s event brought out 20,000. This past Friday, only 10,000 made it out to the fence, even with Hamas promising to pay who attend.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.