DM: No fuel for Gaza until violence ends

Defense Minister Liberman says Israel won't provide fuel, gas, to Gaza until violence - including incendiary balloons - ends.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Saturday said that Israel will not provide fuel or gas to Gaza if conflicts continue.

Liberman halted the transfer of fuel to Gaza on Friday, after several Gaza terrorists who detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence and attacked an IDF position inside Israel.

"As long as the violence in Gaza - including sending incendiary balloons and burning tires opposite Israeli towns - does not cease completely, we will not renew the provision of fuels and gas to Gaza," Liberman tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that conflict would continue until Hamas' demands are met.

"Woe betide you if you cease the March of Return before the siege is lifted," Haniyeh told Gazans. "Our marches are not for the sake of fuel and money. They are our nation's natural right."

On Saturday morning, an explosive device was found attached to a balloon in an Israeli town in the Eshkol Region. The device was hidden in a carton and neutralized by a sapper. No one was injured and no damage was caused.

Earlier this week, Israel permitted Qatari-purchased fuel to enter Gaza in a bid to ease tensions in the region.

Gaza terrorists began sending incendiary kites and balloons into Israel in May, endangering lives, wasting precious water resources, burning tens of thousands of dunams of land, and causing millions of shekels in damage.