Hamas Steps Up Attacks Along Gaza Border Fence

[Ynet News] Ron Ben-Yishai - In recent days we have seen a significant change in the nature of the fighting in Gaza. Hamas and the organizations that are inspired by it and operate under its wing are focusing more on attacking along the border fence. Palestinian groups are realizing that initiating activity along the fence exacts a greater Israeli casualty toll than inaccurate rocket fire does. Clashes along the fence also grant the terrorists a military advantage: They are able to determine the timing, location, and circumstances of the clashes, as seen in Wednesday's clash that left three soldiers dead. In this incident, two terrorists approached the fence in order to plant explosive devices. Meanwhile, the bulk of the Palestinian force remained well-hidden and lying in wait for the IDF force to respond. This modus operandi is virtually identical to that of Hizbullah in Lebanon.

2008-04-17 01:00:00

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