TEL AVIV — Palestinian terrorist groups have been considering the possibility in recent days of organizing mass protests by Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip at the border with Israel to try to break into Israeli territory to demonstrate against the worsening humanitarian crisis in the enclave, a senior official in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization told Breitbart Jerusalem.
According to the source, the leading jihadist groups active in Gaza – Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – have met to discuss this option and how to get the other factions involved.
The proposal seeks to bring large numbers to protest along the length of the border with Israel with the goal of trying to get over the security fence and put pressure on the Israeli authorities to ease the blockade of Gaza as well as force the Palestinian Authority to join the effort, as it also has a number of sanctions in place against the Hamas-controlled enclave. Israel provides daily humanitarian assistance to Gaza and supplies the Strip with most of its electricity.
The source noted that consultations are ongoing regarding any such protest and the correct time to carry it out, if at all, is still up in the air.
Hani Sawabteh, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, refused to confirm that any specific plans are being made. However, Sawabteh told Breitbart Jerusalem, “It’s the right of the Palestinians to take all measures and use all options at their disposal to protest the humanitarian disaster that’s hurting the Gaza Strip. We are considering all steps and all actions in that direction.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has warned of a pending collapse in Gaza due to the electricity crisis there.
The organization demanded donor nations take action and supply fuel to the power stations that provide electricity to the Gaza Strip. According to OCHA, there is an immediate need for $6.5 million to provide the minimum annual amount of fuel needed to keep the essential installations in Gaza running, especially medical services, garbage collection and sewage.