Israeli army to double number of troops in Gaza and occupied West Bank

 “The Great Return March” over Palestinian refugee rights to return to their homeland, Israeli forces are again shooting marchers in Gaza
“The Great Return March” over Palestinian refugee rights to return to their homeland, Israeli forces are again shooting marchers in Gaza

The Israeli army said it would almost double the number of troops surrounding the Gaza Strip and in the occupied West Bank to tackle Palestinian protests against Monday’s controversial opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem.

Three additional infantry brigades will be deployed next week, two around the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Saturday.

The move nearly doubles the number of fighting units currently serving, he said, without giving specific figures on troops to be deployed.

The announcement does not concern Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where responding to protests is the responsibility of the police.

US President Donald Trump will not attend the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, but his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner will.

A signature campaign promise, Trump’s December announcement of the embassy move led to major protests in Gaza and the West Bank.

Palestinians consider the eastern part of the city as their capital.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest along the Gaza border Monday, with the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas voicing support in recent days for attempts to breach the fence into Israel.

“What’s the problem with hundreds of thousands breaking through a fence that is not a border?” the organisation’s Gaza head Yahya Sinwar said, arguing Israel has never defined its borders.

Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting for seven weeks to be able to return to their historic homes they fled in 1948 and which later became part of Israel.

A 15-year-old teenager who was shot in the head Friday succumbed to his wounds on Saturday evening, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said.

The death brought to 54 the number of Palestinians killed since clashes began on March 30, with hundreds of others injured.

No Israelis have been injured.

Israel has vowed to use the necessary force to prevent any breach on Monday and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a pretext to carry out attacks.

On Saturday Conricus said the rules of engagement had not been changed.

The United Nations and the European Union have called for an independent investigation into the deaths, but the Jewish state has rebuffed them.

The United States has defended its ally and accused Hamas of using Palestinians, including children, as human shields by encouraging them to protest along the border.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Separately Saturday Israeli aircraft carried out a number of strikes against what the army said was a Hamas attack tunnel near the Gaza border.

AFP /Yahoo

  • vs

    So called by East Bank “West Bank” are occupied by Orabistinians Judea and Samaria
    Please stop already follytical mental masturbation

    • Niemals

      You behave as real extreme nationalistic Israeli without any thoughts för the Palestinian arabs that wish to have a dissent life like your folks.

      Tomorrow your folks and you will experience unpleasant 70 years celebration of the existence of the Israeli state.

      That was Donald Trump ‘present’ for your state, and that present will hunt you and your people in the coming years.

      • vs

        You ignorant know nothing about me. I’m in project with respectful man from Gaza and other Orabians and Persians. I’m zero nationalist, simply f.e. i’m 100% Jew and my wife and so my child are not Jews. You are just can aloow to yourself to be fake. Your mind is euraped. Leave alone Trump. Leave alone Israel. I added today Jericho Agro Industrial Park (Orabistinian dissent life) on map What was Your input beside empty words? You are fighting Abyad, Omega, Kannibal, thank You, but You are semi Abyad, semi Omega, semi Kannibal. Please correct yourself, don’t be stupid stubborn

        • Niemals

          Now in Jerusalem the Israelis rejoice and think it is the best thing that has happened since Israel was founded 70 years ago.
          But in fact it is the the worst thing that has happened since Israel was founded 70 years ago.

          Jews was always a part of the German society, but WTF the Muslims are doing here?

          The Palestinians are raging and believe that all the peace efforts that have been built in recent decades are now erased in a moment.

          The move of the US embassy to Jerusalem deepens the crack between Jews and Palestinian arabs.

          The Israeli are deceiving themselves, they prolonging the suffering of the Palestinian arabs and their own by the ‘game’ of to be or not to be.

          The preventing of the creation of the independent Palestinian state is done by those who govern in Israel, every one knows that.
          They intend to annex the entire occupied West Bank.

          The peace between Israel and the Palestinian arabs was ‘assassinated’ the same day that Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by his own people.
          Even if the Jewish state was not been founded 70 years ago, the arabs would still rage against the Jews.
          The arabs rage against Jews outside Israel, they hate Jews – no matter where they live.

          Trump and Netanyahu started the distraction of Israel, no wonder that the Jewish community is growing in Germany despite the growing Arab anti semitism in Germany.

  • vs
  • Hind Abyad

    ‘Panama Papers Data Leak : King of Saudi Arabia sponsored Netanyahu’s campaign’
    According to the Middle East Observer, Isaac Herzog, member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Israeli Labor party, revealed that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz financed the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • vs

    Embassy move necessary step for peace

  • Y K

    “Israeli army to double number of troops in Gaza”

    The number of Israeli troops in Gaza – 0.

    0 x 2 = 0 (still!)

    Or have Ya Libnan’s writers re-invented basic math?