Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Israel's reinforced blockade on Gaza highlight of dailies — Newspapers Review

Israel's reinforced blockade on Gaza highlight of dailies — Newspapers Review

"Gaza has proved to the whole world that it does not accept submission despite the continuous blockade", Hani al-Thawabtah, a member of Gaza's National Committee for Breaking the Siege, told a press conference in Gaza City.

Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, called on the worldwide community to intervene immediately to prevent what it called a "new crime against humanity". "In a significant move, we will today shut down the Kerem Shalom (border) crossing", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks to his parliament faction.

This comes after Hamas launched flaming kites and balloons into Israel, and attacked the Israeli security personnel at the Gaza border fence.

Following the Palestinian power struggle, Israel imposed a stringent siege on Gaza in 2007 - supported by Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi - restricting the movement of people and civilians in and out of the coastal territory, and installing land and sea "buffer zones" in Gaza.

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Hamas leaders say shutting the Karam Abu Salem crossing is a crime against the Palestinian people.

Palestinian economists have decried the Israeli sanctions, warning that the move would aggravate Gaza's already dire humanitarian situation. 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. "I will not go into details", he said in parliament. This happens on occasion, and usually lasts for only three months at a time with the objective of boosting Gaza's economy, which is heavily reliant on the fishing sector.

Translation: If Hamas continues in this direction, these decisions will continue and will intensify.

Among the passengers were four people said to have been wounded by Israeli soldiers during recent riots along the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip.

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Israel's blockade restricts Gazan boats to up to six nautical miles off the enclave.

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. The woman was holding a picture of her 15-year-old daughter, who was killed by Israeli gunfire during the deadly May protest.

The military statement, and separate remarks by Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, linked the new measures to fires from incendiary kites and helium balloons that have been flown over the border since the protests began on March 30.

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