Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Israel begins construction of underwater barrier at border with Gaza

Israel begins construction of underwater barrier at border with Gaza

"No injuries to the IDF soldiers were reported", the statement added.

"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.

The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour and 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Since then, Israel has been preparing for possible attacks by sea by Hamas, especially as the IDF has improved its ability to detect and destroy Hamas tunnels under the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.

The Israeli army revealed that the device was detonated.

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

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.

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Israel already maintains a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass protests and clashes broke out on March 30, according to figures from the Gazan health ministry.

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.

The Israeli military aggression killed almost 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

The death of the baby inflamed Palestinian passions and led to a deluge of condemnation against Israel for its heavy-handed response to the border protests.

The militant group Islamic Jihad claimed the three as members.

The Defense Ministry has started construction on an underwater barrier, which will stretch from the southern Israeli community of Zikim out into the Mediterranean to stave off Hamas infiltration by sea.

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