Terror groups slam Israel after IDF bulldozer collects body from Gaza border

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups condemned Israel on Sunday after an IDF bulldozer was seen earlier in the day lifting the body of a Palestinian man whom the military accused of placing a bomb in the border region between Israel and the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis.

A video shared on social media showed the IDF bulldozer approaching Palestinians who were attempting to retrieve the body and then lifting and carrying it away while it hangs from its blade.

The footage also appeared to indicate that at least one of the Palestinians trying to recover the corpse was hit by Israeli fire. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said two people were hit in the legs by bullets as they struggled with the bulldozer.

The IDF said that two members of the Islamic Jihad had earlier placed a bomb adjacent to the border fence before security forces opened fire on them. It also released footage of what appeared to be two men approaching the fence and a photo of what it said was the bomb.

The Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, announced that 27-year-old Mohammed al-Naem, one of its fighters, was killed in that incident. It did not make mention of a second casualty belonging to the terror group, but the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center reported that Palestinians in the border region succeeded in retrieving another Palestinian who it said was critically wounded by Israeli fire.

Regarding the body taken away by the bulldozer, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement: “The Zionist occupation’s deliberate killing of an innocent young man along the perimeter of the Gaza Strip and its maltreatment of his corpse in plain sight is another heinous crime that has been added to its record of awful crimes at the expense of our Palestinian people.

“The Zionist enemy will bear full responsibility for its consequences and ramifications.”

Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007, when it ousted the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority from the territory, but it has allowed the Al-Quds Brigades to operate and build up its ranks.

Islamic Jihad said that “the blood of martyrs will not be in vain” and that Naem had been killed while carrying out his “fighting duty.”

“The occupation perpetrated barefaced aggression by targeting and mistreating his pure body,” the terror group said in a statement. “These heinous crimes will only increase our fighters’ resolve and perseverance to walk down the right path regardless of the cost.”

An IDF spokeswoman said she could not comment on why the army sent a bulldozer to collect the body.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, however, said last week that Israel was beginning to “hoard” the corpses of Palestinian terrorists as “bargaining chips” in an effort to secure the release of Israeli widely believed to be held in Gaza.

“We are hoarding the corpses of terrorists in order to put pressure on the other side,” Bennett said in an interview on the 103FM radio station.

Hamas is believed to be holding captive two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two Israeli soldiers thought to have been killed in the 2014 Gaza war.

Source Article from https://www.timesofisrael.com/terror-groups-slam-israel-after-idf-bulldozer-collects-body-from-gaza-border/

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