Russian diplomat, Hamas leader discuss situation in Gaza Strip

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Israel closed its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Monday over weeks of fires at farms caused by kites and balloons carrying firebombs from the Palestinian enclave.

"The damage being caused to agricultural lands in Israel is grave and deplorable, but collectively punishing almost two million people in Gaza by closing its only official crossing for the movement of goods is both illegal and morally depraved", it wrote on Twitter.

In June past year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his intention to close the Jerusalem-bureau of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network accusing it of incitement and propaganda. In his statement, Netanyahu pointed out that Gaza's fishing zone would revert to 16 nautical miles after it was temporarily expanded to 9 nautical miles in April.

The incendiary devices have ignited fires that have damaged farmland and forests near the border.

Since 30 March 2018, more than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire and thousands have been injured while participating in regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel security fence.


Over 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, drawing worldwide criticism of Israel.

On May 29, another vessel from the Gaza Strip, called Al-Hurriyah (Liberty), attempted to run the blockade.

Local authorities on the Palestinian side of the crossing said they were told by the Israeli side that only fuel, foodstuffs, health and medical materials, livestock and feeds would be allowed through the terminal. The incendiary kites unit mentioned in a statement that Israel's aim to increase the siege to prevent the launching of more incendiary kites is proof of its failure to manage the conflict.

"There will be additional steps which I won't detail", he added.

The group, which governs the enclave, described Monday's measure as a "crime against the people of Gaza", blaming the worldwide community's prolonged silence that encourages Israel's blockade on Gaza. Gaza medics say 136 Palestinians have been shot dead.


He said that the P.A. would continue to give salaries to those who participated in terror attacks against Jews, as it has done since 1965.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also warned that Israel could punish Gaza even further.

This is the second flotilla that has been sent to Gaza since May 29th, where the Israeli naval forces intercepted the first flotilla and arrested 17 passengers on board.

No Israelis have been killed.


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