Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hamas threatens Israel after two fighters killed

Hamas threatens Israel after two fighters killed

The barrier is being built in the location where during the Israel-Gaza conflict in 2014 the Israeli military killed a group of Hamas militants it claimed had infiltrated Israel by diving from Gaza.

Hamas is threatening to retaliate against Israel for the killing on Tuesday of two of its fighters by the Israeli Army, which said it was responding to the fighters' fire on its soldiers at the border.

However, Israeli media reported that an Israeli force came under fire near the borderline in northern Gaza.

United Nations officials have called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas where 80 percent of the two million population are dependent on aid. Two Palestinians were reportedly killed in the strike.

Israel's security cabinet discussed the proposal on Sunday, but afterwards ministers said only that the Israeli military was "prepared for any scenario".

Tensions have escalated since late March, when Hamas launched what would become regular mass protests along Israel's perimeter fence with Gaza.

Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, confirmed two of its members were killed, but said the border post was hit during an "exhibition" by a naval commando unit that was being watched by several Hamas leaders.

Israeli soldiers attacked with force on Monday Palestinian civilians who were protesting Israel's destruction of water holes and pipes that were supplying their villages in the northern Jordan Valley with badly needed water, according to participants in the protest.

In the past four months, there has been an upsurge in violence along the Gaza-Israel border.

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