An IDF spokesman said that gunfire was heard this morning (Sunday) at Israeli workers engaged in work near the perimeter fence on the Gaza Strip border, as part of the construction of the underground barrier. An IDF force that jumped into the arena encountered gunfire. There were no casualties in the incident, but work on the fence was halted.
An IDF statement said, “Earlier today, there were reports of gunfire at works on the perimeter fence in the southern Gaza Strip. “Work on the fence was stopped, and mortars were fired to mask the area.” Then an IDF force was fired at and jumped to the spot. “No casualties.”
The Eshkol Regional Council stated: “Following a security incident, which occurred recently on the perimeter fence in the northern part of the council, all the axes leading to the perimeter fence, along the entire border, have now been closed by the army. From now until a new update – “Including agricultural work near the fence.”
The council added, “There is no change in the guidelines for the residents. The incident is still under military review, and we will be updated with any new information.”
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported yesterday that Hamas is threatening to end the period of silence on the border with Israel. The background to the threat is the terrorist organization’s claim that Israel is preventing the promotion of infrastructure projects in the Gaza Strip. To this must be added the fact that the financial assistance that Qatar is providing to the Strip is about to end at the end of the month, and so far the Gulf emirates have not announced that they intend to extend it.