Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in strike on observation post

Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in strike on observation post

Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants in strike on observation post

A group of organizers in the enclave say they will try to help Gazans get through the blockade by boat this week following weeks of brutal massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters by Israeli live fire along the border of the besieged sliver with the occupied territories.

The Gazan health ministry identified those killed as Hussein al-Amour, 25, and Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, 28.

The Al-Quds Brigades group, which is linked to the the Islamic Jihad organisation, said it would retaliate for the killings, Haaretz reported.

The Israeli army said in a statement Sunday that a tank targeted a military observation post in Rafah.

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He said: "Today we began setting up a sea barrier, the only one of its kind in the world, which will block the possibility of infiltration from Gaza to Israel via the sea".

The IDF said that their troops detonated an explosive device "that was placed adjacent to the security fence with the intention of harming IDF soldiers who were present in the area". "This was neutralized in the morning by the Israeli Defence Forces", a military statement said.

Separately on Saturday night, Israeli aircraft struck two targets belonging to Hamas, but there were no reports of casualties.

No Israelis have been killed in the clashes.

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The Gaza Strip will set off a flotilla of ships on Tuesday in a bid to break the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory.

The soldiers arrived at the scene moments later and opened fire at the individuals, who in turn fled back to the Palestinian side of the fence, the Times said.

Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on 14 May, when at least 61 Palestinians died while tens of thousands of Gazans protested as the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"The IDF and the security forces are working around the clock to defend the State of Israel, to protect the citizens of Israel and to defend the borders of Israel", the prime minister concluded. It accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of protests.

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