World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel announced on Sunday freezing Palestinian construction projects in Area C of the occupied West Bank, in what seemed like a further reaction to a recent Palestinian reconciliation deal objected to by Israel, according to the Israeli army radio.
Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of the Israeli government's activities in the West Bank, claimed that the Palestinians had launched an intifada of illegal construction in the West Bank.
He added that it was the Israeli army's duty to prevent illegal building in the area.
Area C makes up nearly 60 percent of the West Bank and is under full Israeli control.
Israel has taken punitive measures against the Palestinians since the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas signed a reconciliation deal with rival Hamas last week.
The deal put an end to divisions that persisted since 2007 when Hamas seized full control of the Gaza Strip following deadly clashes with security forces and militants loyal to Fatah.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has since suspended U.S.-brokered peace talks with Abbas, saying the Palestinian leader must choose between reconciliation with Hamas and peace with Israel.
Israel navy fires on Gaza fishing boats
Israeli navy boats on Sunday opened their gunfire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip with no injuries reported.
"Israeli boats opened their fire on the fishing boats off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza," Nizar Ayash, the head of Gaza's Palestinian Fishermen's Union, told Anadolu Agency.
When it first imposed its blockade on the coastal enclave in 2006, Israel had specified a three-nautical-mile fishing zone for Palestinian fisherman.
Gaza fishermen say this has adversely impacted their business, complaining that their annual hauls of fish had since fallen from some 4,000 tons a year to only 1,500 tons at present.
Of the Gaza Strip's nearly 1.8 million inhabitants, roughly 40,000 earn their living from fishing, according to the Fishermen's Union.
Meanwhile two Palestinian workers were injured on Monday morning by Israeli gunfire in the north of the Gaza Strip, the Gaza Health Ministry announced.
"Ambulances carried two youths wounded by Israeli gunfire while collecting gravel near Beit Hanoun crossing in the north of Gaza Strip," Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.
The two were rushed to Kamal Adwan hospital, he added, describing their injuries as "moderate."
This brings to seven the number of Palestinian workers injuries by Israeli troops in Gaza this month, according to the health ministry.
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