On Friday 20 July 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters along the fence in the Gaza Strip. One person was killed at the demonstrations, and at least 102 were injured, including 21 children, seven women, and one journalist. At least 70 of the injured were hit by live fire, and one is in critical condition. Israeli air force and artillery launched intense attacks on various targets during the day, killing three other persons and injuring 18 more, including seven children and three women.
On 17 July 2018, Israeli authorities announced the full closure of the ‘Kerem Shalom’ Crossing point in southeast the Gaza Strip. This measure blocks the entry of fuel and cooking gas supplies, allowing only medicines and food items to pass into Gaza after approvals of shipments one-by-one. The Crossing is the only point where exports from and import to Gaza are allowed to move. The Israeli authorities have also reduced the fishing zone to three nautical miles, down from six, only days after they had reduced it from nine nautical miles.
At dawntime on Saturday, 14 July 2018, Israeli military aircraft launched about 40 airstrikes on different parts in the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes launched about 85 missiles on security sites, residential areas, and empty fields. Artillery shells were fired in several areas east of the Gaza Strip. In these attacks, two children were killed and 28 were wounded, including two other children and a woman. The attacks spread fear and panic among the population.
On 13 July 2018, the 16th Friday of the demonstrations, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters along the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. One child was killed, and at least 112 were injured, including 25 children, six women, two journalists, and three paramedics. Of the injured, 65 were hit by live fire, and three are in critical condition.
At 11:30am on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, a humanitarian boat carrying patients and other Palestinians needing to travel sailed from Gaza seaport into the Mediterranean in a challenge to Israel’s 11 year-long blockade. The Commission of Great March of Return and the National Movement to Break the Siege had previously announced their preparation of the fleet, calling it the Freedom and Anti-Blockade Fleet - 2. Onboard were nine Palestinians: four patients and one patient companion, two students, and two ship members.