Friday, 22 June, 2018

Two people reportedly killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

Wounded Palestinian falls on the ground during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland at the Israel Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza
Lisa Bryan | 28 May, 2018, 11:51

Meanwhile, Israel has started building an ocean barrier to prevent Palestinians leaving Gaza by sea, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

A group of organizers in the enclave say they will try to help Gazans get through the blockade by boat this week following weeks of brutal massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters by Israeli live fire along the border of the besieged sliver with the occupied territories.

There have been no Israeli casualties along the Gaza frontier, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland on its side of the border from firebomb-bearing kites flown over by Palestinians.

Two of those killed were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour, 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

In the last Gaza war in 2014, Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants who had managed to infiltrate by sea.

"We will not give up our duty to the blood of the martyrs shed by the occupation, and we know how to respond to this risky escalation", Islamic Jihad said in a statement. "In response, an IDF tank targeted a military observation post in the southern Gaza Strip".


One of the targets, in the southern town of Rafah, was a facility of the Islamist movement's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the sources said.

Israel already maintains a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday's Gaza flotilla will coincide with the 8th anniversary of an Israeli attack on the Turkish "Mavi Marmara" flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists were killed when the Israeli navy attacked the vessel in worldwide waters.

The incident comes as protests at the Israel-Gaza border resumed on Friday, resulting in dozens of injuries.

Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the USA transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In February, a senior navy officer warned that Hamas was increasingly turning to the sea to carry out attacks against Israeli troops and civilians.

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