Gaza: Territory ravaged by war


Israel on Tuesday shut down the Gaza Strip's only functioning commercial crossing, allowing only medicines and foodstuffs into the blockaded Palestinian territory, according to a Palestinian official.

"I call on the Israeli snipers to stop targeting children in Gaza", U.N. said peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov on Sunday, while urging the Palestinian factions in the Gaza strip and the Israeli side to retreat from "the brink of a real war" and to stop the current escalation, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA).

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". "I told them that we are in a prolonged struggle", Netanyahu said in a statement following the meeting.

Lately, Israel was criticized by a United Nations human rights body for its killing of protesters in Gaza and treatment of Palestinians, declaring it a "war crime" under the Statute of Rome.

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

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The devices have sparked hundreds fires in southern Israel, burning more than 2,830 hectares (7,000 acres) of forest and farmland and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, officials say. Israel's Nature and Parks Authority said it found the common kestrel hanging in a tree with its legs tied to a wire that had flammable material.

"People's life (in Gaza) has become more hard as people have limited money, the economy has collapsed, electricity and water are scarce", he said.

In Israel, air raid sirens sent people rushing to shelters in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip as rockets and mortars were fired from the Palestinian enclave at nearby communities.

His trial is part of Israel's persistent pressure on global institutions and organizations that have been carrying out relief activities in Gaza since 2006, under the pretext that they "help Hamas".

The flare-up came after months of near-weekly border demonstrations organized by Hamas aimed in part to protest the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.

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Israel is attempting to pressure the Islamist militant group, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, to stop a wave of incendiary balloons and kites that have burned more than two dozen kilometres of Israeli land.

At least two groups launched kites towards Israel on Sunday.

Hamas responded by accusing Israel of unjustifiably oppressing the Palestinians of Gaza.

The resolution calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including "recommendations regarding an worldwide protection mechanism". During the visit, Netanyahu referred to reports about a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

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