Israeli minister posts Gaza obstacle video amid truce talks

August 5, 2018

Palestinian activists use a kite with burning rags dangling from its tail to set ablaze drying wheat fields on the Israeli side, during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Gaza's Hamas rulers led several thousand Palestinians in a protest along the frontier with Israel on Friday _ a show of presence by Hamas as Egyptian efforts intensify to broker a broad truce between the Islamic militant group and Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister has published a video of a sea obstacle Israel is building to prevent attacks from Gaza, the territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Twitter post came Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly convened his Security Cabinet to discuss an Egyptian brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

He writes: “We are continuing intensive work to build land and sea obstacles around Gaza. Hamas is losing its capability to attack Israel every day.”

As part of negotiations, several exiled Hamas leaders are in Gaza for consultations.

Israel and Hamas came close to serious conflict recently when months of border violence escalated.

Hamas has led weekly border protests partially aimed at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

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