Thursday, 13 December, 2018

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Gaza blockade: Israel shuts goods crossings to pressure Hamas Israel Closes Crossing Point Into Gaza, Halting Imports and Exports
Ellis Copeland | 12 July, 2018, 14:57

In previous retaliatory measures, Israel struck targets belonging to Hamas, blaming the group for the launching of the kites.

Organisers say the demonstrations are expressions of popular frustration that aim to press demands such as for Palestinians' right to lands lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its foundation and for an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza to ease.

The crossing is Gaza's main entry point for trade.

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Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the move "a new crime against humanity" and called on the worldwide community to intervene. "The occupation regime is responsible for the political, legal and security consequences of this decision".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to shut down the border was taken in coordination with the country's defense minister.

The Israeli government also chose to reduce the area allowed for fishing in the sea of Gaza from nine nautical miles to six nautical miles, according to the Israeli media.

The unit added that Israel's decision is not a solution and that Israel will be defeated by the people of Gaza.

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The rescue has made possible by cooperative weather over the last couple of days, which is expected to continue into Tuesday. You can sign up to receive it directly here. "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".


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Israel's navy seized a boat on Tuesday that had left from a Gaza port with wounded Palestinians aboard in a bid to challenge the blockade of the Hamas-run enclave.

"This situation, in which every day our woodlands are being burned every day, can not continue", Lieberman said on Monday, adding that "I've instructed the IDF to take several measures". Gaza medics say 136 Palestinians have been shot dead.

In addition, Israel will reimpose restrictions on the zone it allows Gazan fishermen to reach with their boats.

"The three-month mark is about to end anyway", he said.

Local authorities on the Palestinian side of the crossing said they were told by the Israeli side that only fuel, foodstuffs, health and medical materials, livestock and feeds would be allowed through the terminal. "The fishing zone will be returned to the range of six miles", it said. The woman was holding a picture of her 15-year-old daughter, who was killed by Israeli gunfire during the deadly May protest.

The burning kites are part of a Palestinian anti-Israel rally that started on March 30 along the security fence between Israel and eastern Gaza, during which Israeli troops responded with live fire, killing at least 133 Palestinians and injuring 14,000 others.

The resolution condemned Israel's use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and called for protection measures for the people of Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

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