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Residents of Israeli border communities: 'The ground is burning'

Aug. 12, 2018 3:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 1:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of residents from the Israeli border communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night demanding the government to act against the increasing violence in southern Israel.

The demonstration consisted of about 100 residents from the Israeli border communities surrounding Gaza, who demonstrated near the HaShalom railway station in Tel Aviv, protesting against the Israeli government’s inability to secure safety.

The demonstration took place on the highway while the red light was on and as it turned green, the protesters would move away each time.

The protesters demonstrated against the escalation of the continuous launch of incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza towards southern Israel, which scorched thousands of acres of open fields, forests, and agricultural land along the borders.

Many protesters were repeating slogans such as "We don’t want headlines, the ground is burning" and held banners saying “Israel is burning, we demand security.”

The organizers of the protest said that the demonstration comes after the Israeli government’s “helplessness” in providing security to the Israeli border communities.

Several protesters spoke during the demonstration, expressing their frustration regarding the Israeli government clearly not having a concrete policy about the security situation and demanding an explanation as to why.

A resident of the illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Aza, Itay Pesto, said “We are currently at war and we want a decision. If the government wants to restore deterrence, then restore it. The situation is unbearable. We are like ducks at a shooting range.”

Another resident, Alona Braun, demanded that “the defense minister and the prime minister restore security, permanently. It’s their responsibility and if they aren’t capable of solving the crisis then they need to draw their own conclusions."

Meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel's nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.

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