The Israel-Gaza border has been a scene of mayhem for the past two weeks. Seven people have reportedly died with hundreds more injured. Palestinians burned thousands of tires to mask the movements of Palestinian terrorists from Israel Defense Force troops. But the Palestine protest may be over much sooner than they anticipated as they now face a tire shortage.
A spokesperson for the transport ministry, Muhammad Hamdan, issued a statement that had everyone scratching their heads.
The Jerusalem Post reported the statement reads: “We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice. There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is a shortage of them there. We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.”
The burning of the tires comes in wake of a six-week planned protest. Israeli officials reported numerous terrorists have attempted to sneak into Israel under the cover of the smoke.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out against those burning the tires as the smoke from the fires can have serious health ramifications. To help mitigate the possibility of such a health risk, Gaza’s border used large industrial sized fans and water cannons, according to the Daily Wire.
In a Twitter post, he warned that terrorists “will try to storm the border, infiltrate Israel and kill Israelis.”
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who is the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, expressed his concern that burning the tires could be “ecologic catastrophe” as well.
Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for the prime minister, noted the irony in the transport ministry’s request for additional tires with his witty Twitter post.
Since the protest began, CNN reported that over 1,000 people have been injured, 25 of those have been upgraded to critical condition. This has been the bloodiest incident in Gaza since 2014.