Palestinians Prepping to Burn Thousands of Tires at Israel Border

Israeli border guards walk through fumes from burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters near the Israeli settlement of Beit El in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on March 30, 2018, after Land Day demonstrations. Land Day marks the killing of six Arab Israelis during 1976 demonstrations against Israeli confiscations …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Palestinians plan to engulf the Gaza border with smoke and flames from thousands of burning tires on Friday as Israel holds firm to its order to shoot any protesters who come close to the security barrier.

In the past several days, groups of young Gazans have been collecting old tires around the Strip and bringing them to the border. Palestinians intend to light the tires on fire to blur the vision of the soldiers on the Israeli side of the security fence, according to a Gaza-based source familiar with preparations for what he called “the Friday of Old Tires.

“The hope is that the soldiers will not be able to shoot because the thick, black smoke will block their line of vision,” he said in a phone call with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

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