Israel shuts Gaza fishing zone after overnight fighting
Israel closed the Gaza Strip’s offshore fishing zone on Sunday following a night of cross-border fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of hostilities in recent months.
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel after Israeli airstrikes targeted sites belonging to the territory’s militant Hamas rulers.
The military said the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted the two rockets that militants in Gaza launched at southern Israel.
But the police said rocket fallout caused damage to a house in the town of Sderot, and paramedics treated a 58-year-old man for minor wounds from exploding glass.
The Israel army said the strikes were a response to explosive balloons launched by Hamas-affiliated group over the border, and attempts by Palestinian protesters to throw explosives at the Israel-Gaza perimeters fence and soldiers stationed along it.
Dozens of Palestinians took part in protests along the perimeter fence.
The military said the protesters “burned tires, hurled explosive devices and grenades towards the security fence and attempted to approach it.” The Gaza health ministry said Israeli gunfire at protesters wounded two Palestinians. — AP
Dubai: Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working on Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the US that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land sought by the Palestinians for a future state.