Israel Setting Up Barrier to Prevent Gazan Infiltration by Sea

Rafah Border Crossing File

Israel has begun working on an ocean barrier aimed at preventing Palestinians in Gaza from infiltrating its territory, Israeli defence ministry has said. 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.

The men, aged 25 and 28, were killed near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, an official from the Health Ministry said, as cited by Arabic language media and AFP.

Israel's military confirmed the strike, saying it targeted an observation post in response to a bomb that had been placed next to the border fence overnight.

People in the besieged Gaza Strip plan to break through the Israeli-imposed sea blockade on the impoverished sliver, while Tel Aviv tries to erect a sea barrier to bar desperate Gazans from breaching the decade-long siege.

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

A day earlier, Israeli aircraft attacked two targets belonging to the Hamas movement, although no casualties were reported.

Islamic Jihad is the second-most powerful armed group in the Gaza Strip, after Hamas, which runs the Palestinian enclave.

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According to the Israeli army, the four were in Israel for about a minute and left a tent that read "The March of Return".

Israel already maintains a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

No Israelis have been killed during that time.

A relative of a Palestinian who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border reacts at a hospital, in the southern Gaza Strip May 6, 2018.

An 8-month-old infant who died during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops has been removed from the list of those killed during the violence.

Israel has blunted the military capabilities of Hamas with a series of counter-measures: the Iron Dome air defense system against short-range rockets and a system for detecting and destroying cross-border guerrilla tunnels.

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