Israel launched air strikes on naval targets in Gaza

A view of Salfit district in the West Bank where Palestinians continue to see their land confiscated by Israeli settlers

A view of Salfit district in the West Bank where Palestinians continue to see their land confiscated by Israeli settlers

Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians on Sunday after two separate infiltration bids on the Gaza border, the army said.

Judging by the above, to whom fell the Hamas, the factions are a huge problem, says Minister of construction of Israel Yoav GALANT. The second infiltrator was taken away for questioning.

Galant said that overall Israel has achieved one of the most stable periods of quiet from any major military danger, but was disturbed by Iran's presence in Syria.

Gaza is run by the Islamist Hamas movement, which Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization.

Friday night, Israeli media reports said that Trump might present his Middle East peace deal after the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem in May.

A view of the electric separation fence in Salfit which Israeli security forces constantly patrol
A view of the electric separation fence in Salfit which Israeli security forces constantly patrol

The army has pledged to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attacks, and alleges there have been attempts at all three.

However, human rights groups have accused Israeli soldiers of firing at unarmed protestors or shooting those who did not pose an immediate threat. Israel says it is aiming only at instigators, and accuses Hamas of using civilians for cover to carry out attacks.

Israel's live-fire response to the protests has drawn global criticism. Life in the coastal strip has deteriorated further in recent months, with rising unemployment and grinding poverty. The last round collapsed, in part because Hamas refused to disarm.

Tension has been high along Gaza border amid Palestinian rallies demanding the return of refugees to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

The marches are planned to peak on May 15, the day after the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence but marked by the Palestinians as the Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe".

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