Two Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

28 May, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • 29 2018 shows the Gaza City harbor as people gather ahead of an attempt by Palestinian activists to breach the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian enclave

Islamic Jihad operates with a measure of independence from Hamas.

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

In February, four Israeli soldiers were injured by an IED that was made to look like a flagstaff, which was fixed to the security fence.

A group of men among them two wounded wait near a passengers registration booth at Gaza City's port
A group of men among them two wounded wait near a passengers registration booth at Gaza City's port

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.

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.

The other two terrorists stayed behind to put up a Palestinian flag and pitch a green tent upon which were written the words: "The March of Return". It added that "no injuries to IDF soldiers were reported", without revealing details of any civilian casualties.

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Israeli naval vessels have made it hard for Gaza's fishermen to fish beyond a certain point, usually set at six nautical miles or about 11km and have opened fire on Palestinians ships in the past. It accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of protests.

According to Gaza medical officials, more than 115 Palestinians have so far lost their lives by Israeli fire since the border rallies began in late March.

The military also said the air strike was payback for "continued attempts to sabotage security infrastructure, during the riots constantly led by the Hamas terror organization".

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On Friday, strong winds hampered efforts to control fires which broke out at three points near Kibbutz Kissufim along the Gaza border, after incendiary kites were flown into Israel from the Palestinian coastal enclave.

The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue.

Israel says it is defending its border as well as its communities nearby. According to Palestinian Health Ministry data from May 24, a total of 119 people have been killed, including 14 children.

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