Israel Sentences Palestinian to 9 Years for Moving Turkish Funds to Hamas

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites, Palestinians fire rockets

Israel further tightened its blockade of the Gaza on Tuesday, preventing fuel deliveries through its only goods crossing with the Palestinian Strip after scores of kites carried firebombs across the border to burn Israeli farmland.

Hamas' burning kites and balloons launched over the border fence have ignited over 1,000 fires in the area adjacent to the Strip in the past three months, laying waste to more than 8,200 acres of forest and agricultural land, with damage totaling tens of millions of dollars.

Eisenkot was quoted as telling him there was a risk of firing at children, and that even in the case of adults such an approach ran against his "operational and moral position".

"It doesn't end in one strike", Netanyahu said.

This step in only one in several other measures Israel has taken in the last few days to further strangulate an already hard-hit Gaza Strip, as confirmed by global humanitarian agencies.

Palestinians in Gaza see it as legitimate resistance against Israel's more than decade-long blockade.

Asked about the fire kites and terror balloons, Netanyahu said that the government has "instructed the IDF to stop this".

The all-clear for Gaza border communities came despite a spattering of rocket fire before dawn on Sunday, hours after a ceasefire between Israel and militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad was due to come into effect, ending the most intense conflagration between the groups since the 2014 war, known as Operation Protective Edge.




On Monday afternoon, Israel Nature and Parks Authority personnel found a kestrel, a member of the falcon family and a common bird in Israel, hanging from a burned tree wearing a harness attached to a wire wrapped around flammable material.

Thick plumes of smoke rose over parts of the Gaza Strip as Israel hit dozens of targets it said belonged to militants, including a high-rise building allegedly used by Hamas as a training facility with a tunnel underneath. Twenty-five people were wounded across Gaza, the ministry said.

At least two groups launched kites towards Israel on Sunday.

Egypt has also maintained the blockade with Israel over the strip, in an attempt to weaken Hamas.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the military had warned people before the attack to leave the area. Blasts from Israel's air strikes shook homes and shattered windows in Gaza, where plumes of smoke rose from the sites of the explosions.

The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters. During the visit, Netanyahu referred to reports about a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Telling Palestinians in Gaza that he knew the difficult conditions they lived in and how hard it was to believe anyone who tells them that their lives would be improved, Mr. Mladenov appealed "to all Palestinians, to all parents of all children in Gaza today to step back and keep the protests peaceful".

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