New Palestinian flotilla aims to break Israeli blockade of Gaza

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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".

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".

There have been no Israeli casualties along the Gaza frontier, but Israel has reported extensive damage to farmland on its side of the border from firebomb-bearing kites flown over by Palestinians.

The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour and 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, the Palestinian health ministry said.

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"We will not give up our duty to the blood of the martyrs shed by the occupation, and we know how to respond to this unsafe escalation", Islamic Jihad said in a statement. The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, a ministry spokesman said.

No injuries were reported either from local sources or the IDF.

To counter that threat, the Israeli military said it has mobilized private drone-racers as army reservists, who then try to ram into the kites with the remote-controlled aircraft.

Israel already maintains a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

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He also appealed to the global community to pressure Israel to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip and on worldwide NGOs to provide protection to anti-siege ships.

No Israelis have been killed during that time.

At least 116 civilians have been allegedly killed by the fire of Israel Defence Forces fire and over 13,000 wounded since the "Great March of Return" began.

Israel has faced worldwide condemnation for its conduct on the border, with many citing to a use of "disproportionate" against seemingly peaceful protests.

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Israel has blunted the military capabilities of Hamas with a series of counter-measures: the Iron Dome air defense system against short-range rockets and a system for detecting and destroying cross-border guerrilla tunnels.

Islamic Jihad is the second-most powerful armed group in the Gaza Strip, after Hamas, which runs the Palestinian enclave.

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