Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza

These include reducing the designated fishing zone off Gaza to just six nautical miles and placing severe restrictions on the movement of goods through Kerem Shalom, the Gaza Strip's main commercial crossing.

Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip and stopped fuel deliveries from entering the Palestinian enclave.

It called on Israel to reverse its latest acts of economic war, saying they risk "aggravating the already dire economic situation in Gaza, while demanding "Hamas and other actors in Gaza ... cease and refrain from violent actions and provocations against Israel".

With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on the Middle East peace process was in the enclave on Sunday urging Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from the brink of a confrontation "that nobody wants...and everybody will lose".

Gaza militants fired more than 50 mortar bombs and rockets towards Israel, the military said, setting off sirens and sending Israelis fleeing to their shelters.

It led to weeks of unrest, with rocket fire from Gaza and attacks from Israel, in which hundreds of Palestinians were killed until a truce in June. Witnesses said that explosions were heard near a group of incendiary kite-flyers in eastern Beit Hanoun.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the country will not being transferring gas or fuel until the end of the weekend. Gazan residents reported two people wounded. Food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies would continue to be permitted through the crossing.

Hamas' burning kites and balloons launched over the border fence have ignited over 1,000 fires in the area adjacent to the Strip in the past three months, laying waste to more than 8,200 acres of forest and agricultural land, with damage totaling tens of millions of dollars.

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The UN coordinator also called on the worldwide community "not to forget the people of Gaza, not to forget the Palestinians who have lived for generations without a state" and to work with the UN to chart "a political way forward".

"The strike was in response to the arson attacks perpetrated by Hamas against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty", the statement read.

On Saturday, Israel launched a series of attacks against Gaza, targeting Palestinian military positions, killing two and injuring 18 people.

The Israeli defence ministry announced the move on Monday evening in a bid to stop balloons and kites flown into southern Israel.

This too has been nearly completely closed since jihadists launched an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula after the military overthrew Egypt's elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

It accuses Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.

The strikes came after the heaviest exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war on Saturday.

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