Photo Credit: Hassan Jedi / Flash 90
Preparing incendiary balloons to start more fires in southern Israel.

Despite a so-called “truce” that was allegedly negotiated – and signed – between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization last Thursday, 7,000 rioters showed up as usual to participate in the general weekly violence and attacks on IDF soldiers at Israel’s southern border.

The Hamas Health Ministry claimed 50 Gazans were injured in the melee but there was no way to independently confirm the figure nor to verify the veracity of the claim.

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The so-called “truce,” negotiated by Egypt and United Nations officials, was to go into effect on Friday morning. Israel agreed to re-expand the Gaza fishing zone to 15 nautical miles, effective 10 am. In addition, 60 boats confiscated by Israel were to have been returned.

More to the point, Israel reopened the fuel line to Gaza’s power plant, and four trucks delivered 152,000 liters of Qatari fuel to the enclave.

In return, Hamas was to have “reined in” the weekly Friday violence along the border, and stopped the launch of arson terror balloons that have ignited dozens of fires across southern Israel in recent weeks.

Instead, Hamas terrorists started 14 fires in southern Israel on Friday alone with the launch of more incendiary balloons, in addition to the riots along the border by some 7,000 Gazans who burned tires and threw Molotov cocktails, hand grenades and stones, also as usual.

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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.