Hamas leader, Israel PM dig in on Gaza border flare-up

April, 2018

he leader of Gaza’s ruling Hamas group and Israel’s prime minister staked out tough positions, making de-escalation on the Israel-Gaza border in the near future unlikely.

Since late March, 32 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire in mass border protests led by Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Sderot, an Israeli community near Gaza, and said Israel’s top priority is its security.

“We have one clear and simple rule and we seek to express it constantly: If someone tries to attack you — rise up and attack him,” Netanyahu said. “We will not allow, here on the Gaza border, them to hurt us. We will hurt them.”

The circumstances of the shooting are unclear. Israeli media said the footage was taken during the recent border clashes.

The military said the incident apparently occurred several months ago.

Source: WP