Israel must launch another war on Gaza to enforce its blockade on the territory, defense minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters on Tuesday.
Lieberman’s comments came the day before Israel launched a series of airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza that badly damaged a house in the city of Beersheba.
Lieberman also ordered the closing of crossings between Gaza and Israel and reduced the permitted fishing zone off of Gaza’s coast to three nautical miles – decisions described by the human rights group Gisha as “deliberate punishment of the residents of Gaza for no fault of their own.”
The health ministry in Gaza said that one Palestinian was killed as a result of an airstrike in the north of the territory. Three others were reported injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza’s southern and central districts.
The Israeli air force published a video showing the moment when Naji Muhammad al-Zaanin, 25, was killed in northern Gaza:
The military claimed that the video shows it striking at a squad attempting to launch rockets into Israel.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two Palestinian resistance factions, denied any involvement in the rocket fire, which they said aimed to torpedo ongoing international efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire with Israel in exchange for the lifting of the siege on Gaza.
But as factions in Gaza have continued to seek a negotiated way out, Israeli leaders continue to beat war drums.
“When Hamas says that it’s going to continue rioting on the border until there’s an end to the blockade, we need to accept that as it is, without interpretations,” Lieberman stated during a Tuesday press conference at Re’im military base, located to the east of the Gaza Strip.'
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