Israel begins work on sea barrier to prevent Gaza infiltrations

Pauline Gross
May 28, 2018

Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shihab suggested the two killed were members of the organization. When the soldiers tried to take down the object, it was detonated.

Palestinian media reported that the airstrikes hit a number of Hamas positions in the areas of Rafah and Khan Younis. Armed with automatic weapons, fragmentation grenades and several types of explosive devices, they were engaged and killed by the IDF in a combined attack from the sea, ground and air.

The military said the operation was in response to a brief incursion across the border earlier in the day by Palestinians who immediately fled back into Gaza. No injuries were reported in the Saturday morning incident.

Since then, Israel has been preparing for possible attacks by sea by Hamas, especially as the IDF has improved its ability to detect and destroy Hamas tunnels under the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.

It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.

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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.

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 global waters.

The videos show four terrorists infiltrating into Israel from Gaza, as well as the intense rioting along the border earlier today.

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.

Military planners have begun implementing new measures to combat the assaults, including lethal options drawn from the IDF's responses to rocket launches and other terror attacks.

Other reports by GizPress

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