Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Two Palestinian militants killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip

Two Palestinian militants killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip

Israel has begun work on a huge fortified breakwater in the Mediterranean sea to prevent infiltration from the Gaza Strip. 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.

Two of those killed were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour, 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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

Israel's military said in a statement that the tank fire came after soldiers detonated an explosive device that had been placed near the border fence, targeting its troops.

"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 unsafe escalation", Islamic Jihad said in a statement.

One of the targets, in the southern town of Rafah, was a facility of the Islamist movement's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the sources said.

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Only hours before late Saturday night, Israeli warplanes carried out an air strike in southern Gaza after four Palestinians infiltrated into Israel earlier in the day.

At least 119 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests and clashes broke out, according to figures from Gaza's health ministry.

No Israelis have been killed during that time.

Islamic Jihad operates with a measure of independence from Hamas.

Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians died as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the United States moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The water barricade will join its overland "brother" that has been under construction around the coastal enclave since 2016 - a 60-kilometer wall meant to stop Hamas from tunneling under the border into Israel, as it has tried doing numerous times over recent years.

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