IDF announces West Bank closure for duration of Purim holiday
01 March, 2018, 12:32 | Author: Diane Mills
The proposal was introduced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked who has openly advocated for the genocide of the Palestinian people and recently said, "We're not in Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank] in order to disappear one day".
Israeli forces detained as well two Palestinians after raiding their homes in the Hebron district in the south of the West Bank.
Reuters quoted the Israeli army spokeswoman as saying that a Palestinian vessel was shot at "after it had deviated from the designated fishing zone" in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Many Jewish holidays impose great difficulties on the Palestinians living under Israel's military occupation in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and occupied Jerusalem, as these are usually accompanied by such cordons and other restrictive practices.
Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah forces in 2007.
"Israeli forces targeted a Palestinian fishing boat which was on the way back to Gaza shore, which led to the death of one fisherman and wounding two others", the fishermen's union said, reports Reuters. Upon their continued advancement, shots were fired towards the vessel.
Fishing is one of the biggest industries in the Gaza Strip, a coastal enclave of nearly 2 million inhabitants.
Israel has announced that a general closure will be imposed on areas under the domain of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria known as Area A for the entirety of the Purim holiday.
Last week, another Gaza fisherman was killed, this time by an Egyptian naval patrol, as his boat came close to the maritime border with Egypt. Gaza officials urged Cairo to investigate the fatal incident.
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