Gaza (Reuters) – Israel dropped leaflets in Gaza on Friday warning the Palestinians not to approach the border fence as the military prepared for new clashes along the border.
Thousands of Palestinians should gather along the border between Israel and Gaza, as they did every Friday in last month's mass violent demonstrations, in which Israeli forces killed thirty-one Palestinians and injured hundreds.
Every week, some residents of Gaza flung stones and burning tires near the border fence where Israeli army snipers are stationed.
The soldiers have opened fire on those who get too close to the fence and are drawing international criticism for the deadly tactic.
Israel blamed Islamist militant group Hamas for rioting and attacks.
It was the first time that leaflets were dropped in the recent violence.
"The Hamas terrorist organization is exploiting you to carry out terrorist attacks, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for any scenario, stay away from the fence and do not try to harm it," said the leaflets in the early morning in areas along the border of Israeli aircraft were scattered.
The mass protest, called the "Great March of Return" ̵
coverage by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Arrangement by Toby Chopra