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Israel starts building fortified maritime barrier on coastal border with Gaza

28 May, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

Gaza is under the control of Hamas, an Islamist movement hostile to Israel.

The bombing was a response to an explosive device placed on Saturday near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, according to the army.

Israel has begun working on an ocean barrier aimed at preventing Palestinians in Gaza from infiltrating its territory, Israeli defence ministry has said.

Israel has blunted the military capabilities of Hamas with a series of counter-measures: the Iron Dome air defense system against short-range rockets and a system for detecting and destroying cross-border guerrilla tunnels. A spokesperson for the Iran-backed terrorist group confirmed the men were members of its military arm.

Boats off the strip are generally limited to six nautical miles offshore, and the Israeli navy regularly fires warning shots at Palestinians who breach it.

The soldiers arrived at the scene moments later and opened fire at the individuals, who in turn fled back to the Palestinian side of the fence.

Palestinian schoolchildren in uniform pose for

"A short while ago, IAF fighter jets struck military targets in a compound belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip", a military statement said. Tensions have exacerbated in the occupied territories since Palestinians started the Great March of Return campaign on March 30.

The infiltration was one of numerous attempts over the weekend to breach and damage the border fence, the IDF said.

It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence. No injuries were reported in the Saturday morning incident.

Dozens of burning kites were flown from Gaza across the border over the weekend, sparking several fires in Israeli fields, Hadashot TV news reported Saturday night.

The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue. According to Palestinian Health Ministry data from May 24, a total of 119 people have been killed, including 14 children.

He also appealed to the worldwide community to pressure Israel to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip and on global NGOs to provide protection to anti-siege ships.




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