Moscow issues travel warning for Tel Aviv due to Gaza protests
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Moscow issues travel warning for Tel Aviv due to Gaza protests

Russian Foreign Ministry says activists on right and left are seeking to escalate conflict, urges its citizens to avoid large gatherings in city

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued a travel warning for Russian subjects to stay away from crowded places in Tel Aviv due to rallies by activists hoping to escalate tensions in the ongoing clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army on the border with the Gaza Strip.

“Tel Aviv rallies by left- and right-wing activists dedicated to escalation of the conflict on the border of the Gaza Strip,” the ministry tweeted, in Russian. “It is recommended to avoid places where there are mass gatherings of people.”

Several hundred left-wing Israeli activists rallied Sunday outside the ruling Likud party’s Tel Aviv headquarters, protesting the military’s response to the border clashes. There have not been any other reported protests in Tel Aviv in response to the border events.

Some 30,000 Palestinians took part in demonstrations on Friday along the Gaza border, during which rioters threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence, burned tires and scrap wood, sought to breach and damage the security fence, and in one case opened fire at Israeli soldiers.

Palestinians take part in demonstrations near the border with Israel east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza strip on March 30, 2018. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

There were discrepancies in Palestinian reports on the death toll from Friday. While Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza, claimed Monday that 18 had died, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority had the number at 16. Israel has no official death toll figures. There were no casualties among Israelis.

The Israel Defense Forces said Saturday that at least 10 of those killed were members of Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas, and gave details of their roles.

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