Night time clashes east of Jabalia
Hamas escalated its struggle against Israel on Sunday night with the resumption of night time clashes on the Gaza border, months after stopping them.
Dozens of Palestinians launched firecrackers and fireworks at IDF forces east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces used crowd dispersal measures to keep the rioters away from the border fence.
The night time rioting stopped after Israel and Hamas reached an arrangement that allowed Qatari funds to enter the Gaza Strip.
However, changes made to the Qatari grant—with the funds transferred through the UN rather than directly to Hamas—and the terror group's violations of the quiet have led to the resumption of violence on the border.
Hamas is planning to resume regular night time clashes on the border, starting with once a week and escalating over time.
At the same time, Hamas returned Tuesday's clashes in the northern part of the Strip to the Zikim area, where a flotilla of boats from Gaza's port would try to enter Israeli waters.
Two Palestinians were killed in clashes on the Gaza border on Friday—an 18-year-old youth and a 14-year-old teen, the grandson of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's sister. The teen's body was later brought into a classroom at the school he attended, and the students had to go and kiss it, which led to Palestinian criticism against Hamas.