Israel bans occupation critics from schools

Illustrative Gazans load balloons with flammable material to be flown toward Israel at the Israel Gaza border in al-Bureij central Gaza Strip

Meanwhile, on Monday evening, Israel announced it would again close the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only crossing for commercial goods and the main crossing for humanitarian aid between Israel and Gaza, after a rocket was sacked into southern Israel earlier in the day despite a cease fire declared by Hamas late Saturday night.

Israel's military responded by hitting dozens of Hamas targets.

Gaza health officials say more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during the protests. Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was tightening its naval blockade to limit Palestinians from sailing beyond three nautical miles off Gaza's coast.

Liberman's office said the restrictions were toughened due to "continued terror attempts" by Hamas, which is allowing, encouraging and participating in flying incendiary devices and bombs into Israel with balloons and kites.

The closed crossing is the only one between Gaza and Israel for goods transport.

His remarks came after a day of intense fighting Saturday that saw Hamas terrorists in Gaza launch some 200 missiles into Israel, prompting widespread Israeli airstrikes on terror targets, including two cross-border tunnels, in the coastal enclave.

Kanou called on the worldwide community to "break its silence towards Israeli crimes against humanity".

Palestinian factions, meanwhile, including Hamas, fired more than 100 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel in response to Israel's airstrikes.

Israel bans occupation critics from schools

Later in the day, Israel said a projectile - possibly a rocket - was sacked from the Gaza Strip but appeared to have fallen within the Palestinian enclave.

Critics of the law, which passed with 43 votes in favor and 24 against in the 120-seat Knesset, said it was a blow to core democratic values such as free speech and part of the Israeli government's effort to delegitimize rights groups and NGOs.

Hamas has denounced Israel's latest punitive measure.

"The Israeli occupation would be playing with fire if its warplanes targeted kite flyers", he said.

Palestinians in Gaza have for months been demonstrating against Israel's decade-long blockade of the territory and in support of their right to return to lands they fled or were driven from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.

Since the protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30, at least 141 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations.

The former is equipped to handle Gaza's commercial and humanitarian needs while Erez and the Rafah crossing into Egypt's Sinai primarily accommodate pedestrian traffic.

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