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Israel Cuts Off Gas Supply to Gaza

Israel Cuts Off Gas Supply to Gaza

Hamas called Israel's import restrictions on Gaza a "crime against humanity".

The stoppage of fuel deliveries is expected to end on Sunday, the defence ministry said in a statement.

Israel also said it had tightened its naval blockade to cut the Gaza fishing zone from six nautical miles to three.

The army previously explained that humanitarian aid will continue to pass through the border, which includes medical and food supplies however it will require added special permission from the military liaison to the Palestinians Maj.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told community leaders in a southern border town that Israel is engaged in a "lengthy battle" following a weekend during which the military struck several Hamas sites in Gaza, and the militant group retaliated with rocket and mortar fire.

Israel says it has no interest is engaging in another war with Hamas, but says it will no longer tolerate the Gaza militant campaign of flying incendiary kites and balloons across the border that have ignited fires damaging Israeli farms and nature reserves.

Another Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, also denounced the decision as a "crime", saying it was in violation of all global laws and conventions.

First kites and balloons, and now birds are being used to by Palestinians in Gaza to set fires in southern Israel.

Hamas warned of "dangerous consequences" over the new restrictions. "Pretending to know what Gaza needs and trying to "manage the situation" harkens back to earlier iterations of the closure, is morally depraved and constitutes a willful act of hubris in a volatile situation", a spokesperson from Gisha said.

Almost 2,500 acres of agricultural land, national parks and nature reserves have been set alight by incendiary devices floated across from the Gaza Strip over the past two months.

United Nations officials and rights activists have repeatedly called for Israel to lift the blockade against Gaza, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

A spokesman for Israel's fire service said around 750 fires have burned some 2,600 hectares, estimating the damage at millions of shekels (hundreds of thousands of dollars or euros).

Israel pounded Hamas targets in its most massive bombardment since the 2014 war, while militants fired dozens of rockets toward Israel that halted daily life in the area.

Gaza health officials say more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during the protests.

According to Palestinian media reports, Israel also deployed three drones to strike Palestinians launching incendiary kites and balloons, wounding three terrorists. Four Israelis were lightly wounded in the nearby Israeli city of Sderot. Egypt also tightly controls the Rafah border crossing into the Sinai.

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