Israel begins work on sea barrier to prevent Gaza infiltrations

28 May, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • At least 25 mortars fired from Gaza into southern Israel

It said the explosive device had been hidden inside a pair of fence cutters. The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, a ministry spokesman said.

The Al-Quds Brigades group, which is linked to the the Islamic Jihad organisation, said it would retaliate for the killings, Haaretz reported.

The army said the drone was found in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, in the northern Negev, "several days ago", and that it was flown over the border from Gaza with the intention to injure Israeli soldiers patrolling the area.

The announcement came hours after after the IDF discovered an improvised explosive device placed along the Gaza security fence.

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.

"The IDF views with great severity the daily attempts of the Hamas terrorist organization to strike at security infrastructure in Israeli territory while threatening the security of both residents and soldiers", read the IDF statement.


At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass protests and clashes broke out on March 30, according to figures from the Gazan health ministry. No injuries were reported in the Saturday morning incident.

He called on the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority to lift "penalties on the Gaza people to boost their steadfastness and ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the blockade".

Israel says it is defending its border as well as its communities nearby. The other they described only as a Hamas site in the centre of the strip.

The demonstrations came to a head on May 14 when the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem and at least 60 Palestinians were killed in clashes - nearly all of them Hamas members, the terror group has acknowledged.

Israeli authorities are also constructing an underground barrier beneath the Gaza-Israel boundary to stop Hamas from digging tunnels into Israeli territory.

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