Israeli Troops Deploy to Border

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CBNNews.com - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deployed additional troops to Israel's border with the Gaza Strip should Hamas send thousands of unarmed civilians to attempt a takeover of border crossings.

IDF troops have been training with riot-control gear in the event that Hamas attempts something similar to what took place at the Rafah border crossing with the Egyptian Sinai in January, when activists blew up and tore down part of the fence, allowing thousands of Gazans to flood into the Sinai.

Speaking with Army Radio Sunday morning, Israel's Immigration Absorption Minister Yaacov Edri (Kadima) said the government is ready for any scenario.

On Saturday, with gasoline and diesel fuel supplies depleted, Hamas called for an international day of protest against Israel's economic sanctions, which are meant to affect the terror group's ability to manufacture and fire Kassam rockets and mortar shells on southern Israeli communities.

In Gaza City, thousands of Palestinians marched to the United Nations offices in the Strip.

Meanwhile, a delegation from of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders met with Egyptian officials over the weekend in the Egyptian city of el Arish.

It was the third such meeting in the past 10 days. According to The Associated Press, Egypt told the terrorist leaders that it will stop any future attempts to breach the border.

Ayman Taha, a Hamas spokesman, said Egypt agreed to release 105 Palestinians arrested by Egyptian security forces in the Sinai, most of whom are armed terrorists.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Associated Press 

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