Second Flotilla Leaves Gaza in Hope of Breaking Deadly Israeli Siege

12 July, 2018, 14:56 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Second Flotilla Leaves Gaza in Hope of Breaking Deadly Israeli Siege

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

Thirty-three fires broke out on Sunday in forests and agricultural areas in Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip borders, by incendiary kites and balloons.

A government official told Al Jazeera that humanitarian products such as cooking gas, wheat and flour would be allowed to continue crossing into Gaza.

Emad al-Efranji, the manager of Al-Quds TV in Palestine, said Israel wants to silence the media, as part of its campaign to hide its crimes against the Palestinian people.

Hamas, a Palestinian political movement, slammed Netanyahu's decision by describing it as a crime against humanity.

With southern residents and his far-right coalition partners calling for an end to the blazes, even if that required killing the kite and balloon fliers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the closure of Gaza's main commercial border terminal. "From fish and vegetables to clothing items and wood", he said.

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.

The Israeli government also made a decision 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.

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A boat carrying members of Hamas marine police escort a boat full of Palestinians injured during clashes along the Gaza security fence as it tries to break through Israel's naval blockade from the Gaza City harbor on July 10, 2018. "I am not detailing them". Gaza's economy relies on the local fishing industry for income. "The fishing zone will be returned to the range of six miles", it said.

Human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of using excessive force.

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

"What's needed is pressure on the global community".

"The flotilla will set out at 11 a.m. tomorrow carrying sick and injured Palestinians who have been unable to travel overseas [for medical treatment] as a result of the blockade", Bassam Manasra, a spokesman for Gaza's National Committee for Breaking the Siege, said at a Monday press conference in Gaza City.

Gaza health officials say more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during the protests.

At least 135 people have been killed by Israeli gunfire during the popular demonstrations - dubbed the Great March of Return - that have been taking place along the fence with Israel.

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