Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Palestinians martyred along Gaza-Israel buffer zone

Under the Oslo Accords fishermen are supposed to operate up to 20 nautical miles off the Gaza coast Under the Oslo Accords fishermen are supposed to operate up to 20 nautical miles off the Gaza coast
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2018, 15:42

However, Israel has restricted Palestinian fishing boats to a much smaller area since it imposed an economic blockade on Gaza in 2007.

A Hamas delegation headed by deputy political leader Saleh Arouri and a delegation of senior Fatah representatives were in Cairo last week for another round of meetings with senior Egyptian intelligence officials and were supposed to stay there for several days, but departed after a mere 24 hours.

"If Egypt ceases its involvement in the talks, a military confrontation will very likely erupt in Gaza".

The interview ran as Egyptian-mediated efforts to secure a cease-fire in Gaza have stalled.

After Israel's devastating military offensive on Gaza in the summer of 2014, in which some 2,150 Palestinians were killed, Israel began allowing Palestinian fishermen to fish up to six nautical miles off the Gaza coast, up from the previous three nautical miles.

Thousands of Palestinians had gathered for a weekly protest along Israel's border fence with the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas.

Israel says the soldiers were defending themselves against members of the crowd who were throwing grenades and explosives at soldiers.

Meanwhile, dozens of incendiary balloons were launched from Gaza into Israel over the weekends, sparking seven fires on Friday and four more on Saturday.

A Palestinian returns a tear gas canister during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza buffer zone in southern Gaza on October 5, 2018. In response, the Israelis carried out two strikes in Gaza, the IDF said.

Friday's protests were bigger than those in recent weeks.