Israel begins construction of underwater barrier at border with Gaza

28 May, 2018, 11:51 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • In bid to break siege ship carrying 20 leaves Gaza

Israel announced Sunday it had begun working on a barrier off the Mediterranean coast to prevent the possibility of infiltrations by sea from the Gaza Strip.

Home to almost two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006 when Palestinian resistance group Hamas was voted to power in a parliamentary election. Avigdor Liberman said in a statement that the barrier aimed to prevent any attempts by Palestinians in Gaza to enter Israeli territory through the sea, Efe news reported.

The Israeli military said the attack was a response to an explosive being placed near the border fence, which burst while being dismantled.

Palestinians inspect an Islamic Jihad observation post after it was targeted in Israeli tank shelling, in the southern Gaza Strip May 27, 2018.

"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. The bomb was detonated by army engineers, causing no casualties, the military said on Twitter.

The Israeli military said in a statement that its "fighter jets struck military targets in a compound belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the southern Gaza Strip".

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Israel already maintains a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.

Over a hundred Palestinians have been killed in the rolling protests and clashes, mostly from Israeli gunfire and thousands more injured.

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, the Times said.

The death of Hussein Abu Awida raised the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30, the start of the demonstrations, to 116.

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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