Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Gaza rioters are well-organized by Hamas leaders during clashes with Israeli forces

An IDF soldier was wounded Friday during the weekly violence at the Gaza border. The wounded soldier was hit by a rock thrown by a rioter; he was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

Israeli military forces later struck three Hamas positions in Gaza in retaliation for the violence along the border.

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At least 13,000 Palestinian Authority Arabs showed up this Friday to throw live hand grenades, flaming Molotov cocktails, rocks and burning tires at the Israeli soldiers who were defending Israel’s southern border and the civilians who live in communities barely a mile away.

According to the IDF, three of the attackers were able to breach the security fence in the northern Gaza sector, prompting Israeli military forces to open fire. The gunshots persuaded the terrorists to turn around and head back to Gaza within a few minutes.

A separate report from the Gaza Health Ministry said that a Gaza woman was killed in the violence. She was later identified by Amal Mustafa Taramsi, 43, and Gaza sources claimed that she had been shot in the head by IDF soldiers east of Gaza City; but the circumstances are not clear and more than once, Hamas officials have made such claims only to have the reports later debunked when investigated.

Likewise, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that 25 of the rioters were injured – allegedly including a journalist and “several medics” – when an ambulance was hit by a “gas bomb.” Since the definition of “gas bomb” isn’t clear, and it’s not clear who was doing the bombing – nor is it clear whether the medics and journalist were at the front as participants, as has sometimes happened in the past – this report must be questioned as well.

This report was posted in New York prior to the start of the holy Sabbath.

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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.