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Israel starts building fortified maritime barrier on coastal border with Gaza

28 May 2018

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

After the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced today (Saturday) that four Palestinians successfully crossed the border into Israel from Gaza early Saturday morning, Hamas released a video documenting the infiltration from the terrorists' point of view.

The third member succumbed to his wounds and died a few hours after the incident.

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.

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"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 unsafe escalation", Islamic Jihad said in a statement.

Separately on Saturday night, Israeli aircraft struck two targets belonging to Hamas, but there were no reports of casualties.

No Israelis have been killed in the clashes.

Hostilities over the frontier have soared since Palestinians began mass-demonstrations on March 30, which Israel deems to be cover for attempts to breach the border fence.

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Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on 14 May, when at least 61 Palestinians died while tens of thousands of Gazans protested as the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"The IDF and the security forces are working around the clock to defend the State of Israel, to protect the citizens of Israel and to defend the borders of Israel", the prime minister concluded.

Israel has faced worldwide condemnation for its conduct on the border, with many citing to a use of "disproportionate" against seemingly peaceful protests.

Leaders of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, visited protest tents near the border and vowed to continue the weekly rallies they're leading.

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Israel starts building fortified maritime barrier on coastal border with Gaza