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Netanyahu threatens to “harm” Palestinians if they try to attack Israel

ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY) –┬áIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday to “hurt” Gaza’s Palestinians if they tried to attack Israel after renewed confrontations at the border between the Gaza Strip and the Jewish state.

We will not allow them to harm us here at the border with Gaza, but we are going to hurt them, “Netanyahu said in a statement.

Netanyahu made the remarks during his visit to the southern Israeli city of Sderot, which was previously targeted by rockets fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Despite the Israeli warnings, thousands of Palestinians have been taking part since March 30, especially on Friday, in demonstrations near the border fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. The clashes killed 31 Palestinians and wounded hundreds.

The Israeli prime minister did not address the strike on the military airport in Syria, at a time when Damascus and its allies, Russia and Iran, accused Israel of launching the attack.