Garbage dump.
Garbage dump. Israel news photo: Flash 90

Residents of the Gaza belt area – the Israeli towns near the Gaza border fence – are complaining of a new tactic Gazan Arabs are using to make their lives miserable.

With the failure of Gaza terrorists to penetrate Israel's Iron Dome defense system with their rockets, they have apparently resorted to “garbage terrorism,” bulking up a dump that was set up right next to the border fence – upwind of Israeli towns, which get the full brunt of the orders carried in their direction by westerly winds.

The IDF is treating the presence of the dump as a legitimate security threat, according to Yediot Aharonot, concerned that terrorists may hide in the piles of rubbish and spy on Israeli troop movements along the border fence road. Tons of Gaza waste are added to the dump on a daily basis.

The trash often sits out in the open for days at a time, and is turned into landfill only once every few days. Israeli health officials fear that Gaza-sourced vermin, which can easily slip through the fence, will thrive under the fetid conditions created by Gaza authorities during the hot weather.

Government officials have also expressed concern over the location of the dump and how it is being administered. So far, no operational plans to deal with it have been developed, sources said.