'Terrorists also disguise themselves as journalists'

Defense Minister defends IDF after journalist reported killed in Gaza, notes Hamas abuse of humanitarian standards.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Gaza riots
Gaza riots
IDF Spokesperson

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, speaking in Ashdod on Saturday night, while attending the traditional Mimouna celebrations held throughout Israel at the end of Passover, addressed the death of a protester Hamas claims was a journalist who was shot in the riots in Gaza Friday.

"We have seen dozens of cases in which Hamas uses ambulances or disguises terrorists as journalists - we will not take any risks," Liberman said. "The IDF is the most moral army in the world. We are prepared to handle any number of demonstrations."

"I do not know who he is, a photographer or not a photographer. Anyone who sends a glider up over IDF forces knows he is endangering himself. As I said, there have been cases when terrorists disguised themselves as journalists."

An IDF force along the fence spotted a grenade hurled over the border. The IDF Spokesperson stated that the "finding of a grenade is another proof that the disturbances are a cover for attempted terrorist acts against IDF forces and Israeli civilians."

About 20,000 people took part in the demonstrations Friday, and according to the Hamas-controlled Gazan Ministry of Health. 9 demonstrators were killed and 1,354 injured.