Israeli sources revealed on Sunday that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has deployed more Iron Dome defence systems in the Jewish settlements near the Gaza Strip, fearing an escalation of violence, Quds Press has reported.
Senior army officers have announced the IDF’s readiness for any potential escalation on the Gaza front. This might include rockets being launched from the beleaguered territory as Palestinians prepare for more right of return demonstrations in the days and weeks ahead.
In what some observers are suggesting is scaremongering, the IDF is also going to check the border fence in Gaza in case explosives have been planted during the demonstrations. One critic of the Israeli operation said that he would not be surprised if a false flag operation “discovered” or even blew up some explosives to give the Israelis some justification for their brutal response to Friday’s peaceful Great March of Return, in which 16 Palestinians were shot and killed, and hundreds more were wounded, including women and children.
Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Israeli security fears of revenge attacks by Palestinians after the “Bloody Friday” incidents. The newspaper reported that Israeli officials expect Hamas to allow other Palestinian factions to launch rockets or plant explosives near the border.
On Sunday evening, the Hamas military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, published pictures of Israeli soldiers spread along the border with Gaza, saying that they were within its firing range. However, it maintained the peaceful nature of the protest despite the violence of the Israeli response, lending even more credence to the possibility of an Israeli-led false flag operation.