Israel halts entry of fuel, gas into blockaded Gaza

Israel Begins Deporting Detained Freedom Flotilla Activists

Israel says its naval blockade of Gaza is meant to prevent weapons from reaching militant groups, including Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Palestinian enclave.

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy succumbed on Saturday morning to wounds he sustained on the 19th Friday of "The Great March of Return" protests alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Egypt is trying to negotiate a wide agreement on the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, because this should facilitate the reconstruction of Gaza and an eventual exchange of prisoners.

Saleh al Arouri, deputy leader of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, after signing a reconciliation deal with senior Fatah official Azzam al Ahmad, during a short ceremony at the Egyptian intelligence complex in Cairo, Egypt on October 12, 2017.

Friday's protest was attended by several exiled Hamas leaders who had entered Gaza a day earlier for meetings of the group's decision-making political bureau. Israel insists its blockade is necessary to isolate Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, with which it has fought three wars since 2008.

More than 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests on March 30.

"The ship was monitored and was intercepted in accordance with global law", the Israeli military claimed. He has said in the past that he would only resume responsibility for Gaza if Hamas agrees to hand over all authority there, including over security.

In one area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing thick plumes of black smoke.

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.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organiser from a group named Ship to Gaza which organised the trip.

A similar incident took place last Sunday, when the Israel Navy stopped a boat flying under a Norwegian flag.



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