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Israeli soldiers extinguish a fire at a field in Nahal Oz started by arson kites flown by Palestinian Authority terrorists near the border with Gaza

Since the morning hours on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists have started at least nine fires – including a number of large ones – in agricultural fields and other areas in the Gaza envelope region.

The fires were ignited with the use of Molotov cocktails (firebombs) attached to arson terror balloons launched towards Israeli territory from Gaza.

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In addition to the arson attacks, some 10,000 Arabs arrived at the security fence, led by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, and rioted in various spots along the border with Israel on what they called “Nakba Day” (“catastrophe” in Arabic) – another excuse for violence at the border with Israel – their reference to the secular date of the formal rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948.

The rioters threw rocks, grenades and IEDs at the Israeli soldiers who were stationed there to protect the communities located near the border. A large number of terrorists also used the cover of riots in order to cut the security fence and attempt to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

It is very likely Israeli soldiers will see much the same activity at the security fence along the Gaza border in another 36 hours, when Friday morning arrives — time for the weekly Hamas-led violence that has taken place for more than a year.

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That is happening despite the well-intended efforts by the international community and Qatar to try to ‘soothe the savage beast,’ so to speak, with millions of dollars, including its latest payment which took place this very week.

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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.