Katz: Israel approaching a 'decision point' in Gaza, resolution or war

Hamas officials Husam Badran and Khalil al Hayya attend a meeting

A Palestinian teenager died Monday of wounds he suffered during anti-Israel protests along the Gaza-Israel border, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

An unnamed Israeli official was quoted by a number of media outlets as saying that Israel will not accept a broad agreement with Hamas on the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip which does not include the return of the remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul and the two Israeli citizens held by the terror group.

Two Palestinians were reportedly injured in the attack in the northern city of Beit Lahia, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the area.

"The demands of Ship to Gaza are that the ship with its crew and cargo will be returned to the site of the boarding, and that they will be allowed to go in peace through worldwide and Palestinian waters in accordance to global law", they said in a statement.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire.

This article has been adapted from its original source. It said that Israel's military chief had briefed the cabinet about the situation in the Gaza Strip and that the army was "prepared for any scenario". Israel would also expand the fishing zone for Palestinians off the coast of Gaza. Fire officials in Israel said incendiary balloons and kites set off almost 50 fires in Israel this weekend alone.

One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

Also on Sunday, the Israeli military said it fired toward a vehicle used by Palestinian balloon-launchers in Gaza on Sunday.

Israel's Defence Ministry released first images of the barrier it has built along the border with the Gaza Strip that stretches into the sea, and which it began constructing two months ago.

Critics say it amounts to collective punishment of the coastal territory's two million residents.

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.

According to al-Hayat al-Jadida, thousands protested in the city of Tel Aviv and other Arab towns in Israel against Israel's racist recent nation-state law.

Similar attempts by activists to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza have been blocked before.



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