A Palestinian rioter on Israel's border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90) (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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Hamas regularly pushed women and children to the front of violent riots along the Gaza border, which appear to be winding down.

By United with Israel Staff

An announcement was made on Thursday by the organizing committee of weekly riots overseen by the Hamas terror group communicating that the violent demonstrations may be coming to an end.

The committee said the demonstrations will only take place once a month, beginning in March, the second anniversary of the riots.

From the outset, Hamas used the riots to stage heated confrontations with Israeli troops, with terror group members acting as snipers, rock hurlers, and would-be infiltrators using women and children as human shields to mount their attacks.

Israel consistently defended its border against attacks and infiltration attempts.

Hamas also continued its rocket attacks on the Jewish state, with the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad joining the missile launches as of late.

Late Wednesday, a rocket attack believed to have been launched by Islamic Jihad forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage during a campaign stop in southern Israel.

Israel responded by bombing a series of Hamas targets. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of Gaza, even rockets launched by rival militant groups.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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