Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Activists Stand in Solidarity with Gaza

Yonatan Shapira Yonatan Shapira
Kenny Thornton | 07 August, 2018, 17:16

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians during Friday protests at the Gaza-Israel border, the health ministry in Gaza said.

Palestinians in Gaza marched during the 19th Friday protests under the slogan of "Martyr of Jerusalem, Muhammad Youssef", in remembrance of the killed 17-year-old Palestinian youth.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza fence have escalated since Hamas launched regular protests in the area in late March.

The protests on Friday occurred a day after a senior Hamas delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip from Egypt to discuss a possible cease-fire with Israel and resume internal reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party.

Hamas is considering Egyptian proposals for a truce with Israel and the UN-led reconstruction of Gaza. "We want to break the siege on Gaza once and forever", said Hussam Badran, one of the visiting Hamas leaders.

Palestinian protesters wave their national flag as smoke billows from burning tyres in front of Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018.

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.

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.

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks
Smith denied assaulting his wife and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself. Meyer later said he had known about the incidents and had reported them to the proper authorities.

Israel says its naval blockade of Gaza is meant to prevent weapons from reaching militant groups.

The military said it sustained no casualties in the incident.

It said a tank struck a Hamas post in response.

Should the truce hold, a seaport and airport serving Gaza would be constructed on Egyptian territory in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as a power plant.

Israel and Palestinian militants have fought three wars since 2008 in Gaza, an economically disadvantaged 365 square kilometer territory where more than two million Palestinians reside.

The Israeli military said Saturday that it had intercepted an activist boat trying to breach a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The boat and another vessel, which was intercepted by Israeli forces on Sunday, set sail to Gaza from Europe last week.

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