Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Rock-throwing Gazans participate in violence near the Israel-Gaza border, southern Gaza Strip

After a day in which Hamas terrorists again renewed the game of chicken being played against Israel’s outgoing government, Gaza residents learned through social media they won’t receive their monthly Qatari salaries this week.

While a Hamas-led mob of Gazans rioted along the security fence at Israel’s southern border, shooters from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction opened fire at IDF soldiers in two separate incidents.

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Terrorist sniper fire struck the helmet of an IDF soldier. Miraculously, the bullet ricocheted off the soldier’s helmet and hit his shoulder, leaving him with minor wounds.

An IDF tank attacked a Hamas observation post in northern Gaza in response.

Terrorist gunfire in a second incident prompted a second strike against another Hamas post that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab; two others were wounded.

Israeli warplanes also subsequently struck targets at a Hamas terrorist training camp in Gaza.

“The strike was executed following earlier strikes during the day, in response to the shooting incidents against our forces,” the IDF said in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly decided to withhold the transfer of Qatari funds to Gaza in response to the escalation of violence along Israel’s southern border.

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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.
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