Israel stops activist vessel, detains passengers; Gaza teen dies from Israeli fire

07 August, 2018, 17:21 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Dr. Majed Khraishi with Emilia Nacher who piloted the boat Al-Awda in Lisbon

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the boy as Muath Ziad al-Suri, confirming that he had succumbed to the injuries he sustained, by Israeli live bullets, on Friday afternoon in eastern al-Breij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests on the Gaza border on Friday, a Gaza hospital official said.

It is the 19th consecutive anti-Israel Friday protests since March 30, the first day of the ongoing Palestinian "Great March of Return" rally against Israel's 11-year crippling blockade and the USA embassy move to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.

The Haaretz newspaper reported that Israel's security cabinet is expected to meet on Sunday to discuss a possible deal with Hamas.

Over four months of weekly Friday border protests that began on March 30 have reduced in intensity lately but organisers have vowed they would continue until Israel lifts economic sanctions on the coastal enclave.

In addition to the threat of infiltration from Gaza by Hamas operatives, Israelis living in the south also face daily arson attacks via incendiary kites and balloons sent over the border.

Israel contends the the blockade is necessary to keep Palestinian militants from getting weapons or other materials that could be used for military purposes. The delegation is in Gaza amid high-level discussions about an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

Abdul-Latif Qanou, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a statement that the marches have become very close to achieving its goals.

The coalition said Friday that the Swedish-flagged vessel, Freedom, was almost 60 miles (95 kilometers) off the coast.

Meanwhile, the cancellation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned visit to Colombia is believed to be related to the "developments in Gaza", according to Israeli media, which referred to speculation that he needs to be available due to the possibility that there might be a breakthrough in talks between the Tel Aviv administration and Palestinian sides.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

During the protests, an Israeli army tank fired a shell at a Hamas military lookout post east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the fire and the bomb targeting Israeli soldiers from Gaza.

Activists have organized several flotillas over the years aimed at breaking the blockade.

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