Israeli minister posts Gaza obstacle video amid truce talks

Erika Holt
August 9, 2018

An Israeli warplane on Sunday struck a group of Palestinians trying to launch incendiary kites and balloons near border of the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli military.

"The situation in Gaza is approaching a decision point: resolution or war", said Katz. Israel withdrew troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 while keeping control of its coast and airspace. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz announced his position on the proposed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, in a post to Twitter Sunday morning.

The presidency's statement came in response to reported U.S. plans to dissolve the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in order to liquidate the refugee issue.

Hamas, a terror group that officially seeks Israel's destruction, is the de facto ruler of the Strip. There was no immediate response from Cairo. The UN and Egypt have not publicly detailed the proposals. The Israeli Ministry of Defense described the barrier as an "impenetrable breakwater", that is created to withstand strong waves and last for years to come.

A ministry spokesman was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment on the cable.

He writes: "We are continuing intensive work to build land and sea obstacles around Gaza".

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A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows an Israeli Merkava battle tank patrolling along along the border with the Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel.

The Palestinians and the United Nations similarly dispute Israel's assertion that it ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005.

The United Nations and Egypt are now trying to secure a deal between Israel and Hamas for a lasting truce.

Palestinian sources said a drone was used by the army but that no one was wounded in the attack.

The White House said on June 21 that it had discussed with Egypt "the need to facilitate humanitarian relief to Gaza".

More than two million Palestinians are packed into the Gaza Strip, which suffers deep economic hardship.

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