Hamas Has Invested USD $45 Million in Gaza Border Riots

by Abel Hampton July 13, 2018, 1:13
Hamas Has Invested USD $45 Million in Gaza Border Riots

Israel said on Monday it was closing the Gaza Strip's main commercial crossing and limiting the Palestinian coastal enclave's fishing zone in a crackdown targeting Hamas Islamists whom it blames for border protests now in their fourth month. Israel's military said the Kerem Shalom crossing is shut until further notice except for humanitarian aid, medical supplies and food.

Netanyhau also warned in a series of posts on Twitter that "additional steps" will be taken to address the "Hamas regime ... immediately". "I am not detailing them".

The group, which governs the enclave, described Monday's measure as a "crime against the people of Gaza", blaming the global community's prolonged silence that encourages Israel's blockade on the Strip.

Since March, Palestinians in Gaza have been taking part in protests near the so called buffer zone.

Fresh Israeli sanctions on the blockaded Gaza Strip, including restrictions on the movement of goods, went into effect on Tuesday.

Israeli news outlet Ynet said that the fishing zone outside of Gaza would be curtailed to six miles from land, citing a statement by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch's Israel-Palestine director, said the economic measure by Israel was an act of "collective punishment".

Organisers say the Gaza demonstrations aim to press demands such as for a right to lands lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its foundation and for an Israeli-Egyptian blockade to ease.

The move is a retaliation for a wave of incendiary kites and balloons with firebombs attached launched in recent weeks from Gaza into Israel.

"International and regional silence for the crime of the suffocating siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for (nearly) 12 years has encouraged the Israeli enemy to carry on with its criminal measures that violate human rights and worldwide laws", Barhum added. During the first march, 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds were wounded.

The incendiary devices have ignited fires that have damaged farmland and forests near the border. No Israeli casualties have been recorded.

"The latest retaliatory measure by Israel made no mention to the fishing limit in Gaza, but we expect to hear from them on Tuesday", he said. Gaza medics say 136 Palestinians have been shot dead.

Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a sharp decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

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