Israel Reduces Fishing Zone For Gaza, Closes Crossing

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Palestinians prepare kites before trying to fly them with incendiaries over the border fence with Israel, in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip on May 4, 2018. "This cease-fire, which Hamas has decided that it is a outcome of the loss of control by the government, which takes decisions".

Asked about the fire kites and terror balloons, Netanyahu said that the government has "instructed the IDF to stop this".

"I am deeply concerned about the imposition of further restrictions at Kerem Shalom, which is the lifeline for Gaza's population", he added, referring to the key border crossing with Israel. Israel's Nature and Parks Authority said it found the common kestrel hanging in a tree with its legs tied to a wire that had flammable material. But several mortars struck Israel following the declaration, to which Israel responded.

On July 9, Israel closed its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip in response to the fires.

"These developments come against the backdrop of a worrying escalation in hostilities in recent days", said OCHA, with "some 15,000 Palestinian injuries since 30 March in the context of demonstrations; a health system on the verge of collapse; and an 11-year humanitarian crisis created by an Israeli blockade that has raised concerns over collective punishment and an internal Palestinian political divide".

On Tuesday, it fired at a group launching arson balloons in the northern Gaza Strip.

"People's life (in Gaza) has become more hard as people have limited money, the economy has collapsed, electricity and water are scarce", he said.

But it imposed a blockade in 2006, restricting the cross-border movement of people and goods following the capture of a soldier by Hamas militants on Israeli territory.

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From Israel's perspective, Hamas can halt the kite launches if it chooses.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the military had warned people before the attack to leave the area.

"It does not have an interest in a (military) confrontation because the people don't want a war", Fadi said.

Two Palestinians were killed and 14 others wounded in the Israeli strikes, while four Israelis were wounded when more than 200 rockets and mortars were fired towards southern Israel.

A vast air offensive, "Operation Cast Lead", was launched in December 2008 to stop Palestinian rocket fire into Israel. In the ensuing eight-day flare-up, 177 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

Mladenov also assured Palestinians that the UN will not leave Gaza, despite the "significant financial problems" faced by the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides humanitarian aid, education, social services and medical care to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters.

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