After riots, Israel tells Gazans: Hamas is exploiting you

Palestinian protesters wave national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, near the border with Israel, on January 12, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)
Liaison to Palestinians says terror group is sending young people to protest at border ‚while hiding behind them‘

The Times of Israel Staff

The Defense Ministry’s chief liaison to the Palestinians warned residents of the Gaza Strip Saturday that the Hamas terror organization was using them in its quest for violence against Israel, a day after dozens of people were hurt in border riots.

“Hamas terrorists send young people to riot at the [Gaza border]… while hiding behind them and claiming that these riots are spontaneous and peaceful,” Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories(COGAT), said on Facebook.

Mordechai pointed to photos of grenades hurled over the border fence on Friday, saying they were proof of Hamas’s lies.

“Pictures of these grenades found inside Israeli land indicate the truth!” he wrote. “That is why 11 Palestinians have died and dozens of others have been injured in recent weeks.”

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