Maybe it was the weather, or the fact that the IDF was waiting for them. But the the turnout for today’s human chain around Gaza was very disappointing if you are a Hamas-nick. Instead of the promised turnout of 40,000 strong, the turn out was less than 13% of that only 5,000 (thank God). Instead of a mass rush into Israel, it was a bunch of school kids let out of class early to make a pathetic show of things
Low turnout hampers ‘human chain’ protest in Gaza
Despite concerns that Palestinian demonstrators against the continued blockade of the Gaza Strip would attempt to storm the border with Israel during a “human chain” demonstration Monday, the event itself proved an anticlimax and the thousands of Israeli security personnel manning the Israeli side of the border were not forced to cope with the nightmare scenario. About 5,000 people, many of them schoolchildren released from school early to attend the event and university students, joined the “human chain” outside the town of Beit Hanoun, about six kilometers from the border. The crowd hoisted banners in English and Arabic, saying “End the siege of Gaza now,” and “Your siege will not break our will.” Organizers had hoped to form a chain running the length of the 40-kilometer Gaza Strip, but turnout was well below expectations. After the protest ended, some 2,000 Hamas loyalists marched to a checkpoint several kilometers away from Erez Checkpoint. Hamas police, however, blocked the main road leading to Erez and called on loyalists to obey the law. In preparation for the protest, security forces mobilized along the security fence Sunday night in an effort to head off a replay of last month’s Rafah border-storming at the Erez or Kissufim crossings. An artillery battery was moved to the Gaza border for the first time in months, and rules of engagement were reviewed as troops prepared for the demonstration. The IDF was unwilling to confirm or deny a Channel 2 news report saying soldiers would be instructed to fire at protesters’ legs should they approach the security fence, in order to prevent a recurrence of what happened at the Gaza-Sinai border on January 23.
In REAL Gaza news, a 10 year old boy is in a hospital today as a Kassam was sent by Hamas into Sedrot.
A ten-year-old boy was moderately injured by shrapnel when a Kassam rocket landed in the center of Sderot on Monday. Palestinians inspect a car that was destroyed in an IAF strike Thursday night near Rafah. The Palestinians fired a volley of three Kassam rockets at the western Negev town. The boy was taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
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That my friends is the REAL humanitarian crisis-the one the MSN refuses to acknowledge, the rocket fire directed toward Israeli children.