Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Two people reportedly killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

Two people reportedly killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

Two Palestinians have been killed early on Sunday in an Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip, officials said.

Mass protests and clashes began on March 30 along the fence separating Gaza and Israel. According to the military, the bomb "went off during the clearing procedure".

Israel accuses Hamas of engineering the marches to carry out terror attacks and has defended its live fire regulations.

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces released a statement saying that their tank "targeted a military observation post in the southern Gaza Strip a short while ago".

According to Israeli media, the defence ministry ordered the construction of the barrier in the aftermath of the 2014 war with Gaza and after discovering that Hamas fighters had successfully entered Israel by sea.

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"This is another blow to Hamas, which will lose yet another strategic ability in which it invested vast amounts of money", he added, in reference to the Islamist movement that controls Gaza.

The sea wall, due to be complete by the end of the year, entails three layers below and above the Mediterranean surface, and will employ fortified rock as well as barbed wire, the ministry said.

The videos show four terrorists infiltrating into Israel from Gaza, as well as the intense rioting along the border earlier today.

The IDF said that their troops detonated an explosive device "that was placed adjacent to the security fence with the intention of harming IDF soldiers who were present in the area".

"We'll deal with the kites, too", security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett told Israel Radio, when asked about the military's actions around Gaza. Hundreds attended his funeral in Jerusalem on Sunday.

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