Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet Agrees to Step Up Response to Gaza Terror

Palestinians run from tear gas smoke fired by Israeli forces (background) on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, during a protest calling for the lift of the Israeli blockade on the coastal Palestinian enclave, on September 10, 2018. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / …
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The Times of Israel reports: The security cabinet on Thursday instructed the army to step up its response to any violence emanating from the Gaza Strip during the border protests expected Friday, amid skyrocketing tensions in the Palestinian enclave.

Ministers said the IDF should ramp up the severity of its responses gradually, but ultimately adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward rocket attacks, arson balloons and rioting along the Israeli border, according to reports in Hebrew-language media.

The new stepped-up response to violence on the Gaza border includes a green light for troops to fire at Gazans who are farther away from the fence than the distance mandated by the current open-fire guidelines, the Haaretz daily reported, as well a more forceful response to incendiary balloon launches.

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