Israeli tanks shell Gaza Strip, Islamic Jihad group says two militants killed

Fishing boats carrying Palestinian activists set to sail from Gaza City harbour

Home to almost two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006 when Palestinian resistance group Hamas was voted to power in a parliamentary election.

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

At least 113 Palestinians have been killed and thousands hurt by army gunfire in the protests, drawing foreign censure.

Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, Palestinian security sources in the coastal territory said.

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Islamic Jihad operates with a measure of independence from Hamas.

The organizers' plan comes four days ahead of the eighth anniversary of a deadly raid on Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla of six vessels, seeking to break Israel's blockade, enter the besieged sliver and give desperately-needed humanitarian aid and construction materials to the impoverished people.

"Gaza has become a big, isolated prison, deprived of minimal rights, because of the unjust Israeli siege", they said in a statement, referring to clampdowns by Israel and neighbor Egypt.

Israel claims Hamas constructs these tunnels to attack Israeli civilians.

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The ministry said the breakwater - the first of its kind in the world - was expected to be ready by the end of 2018.

It said the explosive device had been hidden inside a pair of fence cutters.

Israel Defence Minister on Sunday announced that construction had begun on a marine barrier with the Gaza Strip extending into the Mediterranean Sea. "No injuries to the IDF soldiers were reported", the statement added.

"We'll deal with the kites, too", security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett told Israel Radio, when asked about the military's actions around Gaza. Hundreds attended his funeral in Jerusalem on Sunday.

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