Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Palestinian teen dies of wounds from border clash: ministry

Palestinian teen dies of wounds from border clash: ministry

Israel has not publicly responded to the report, although speculation has grown in Israel after an announcement last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would cancel his upcoming trip to Colombia for the inauguration of the new president there.

On Sunday evening as well, three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli occupation forces east of al-Bureij in central Gaza Strip.

On Sunday an Israeli diplomatic source said: "There will be no long-term agreement with Hamas that excludes a solution to the issue of the return of our fallen soldiers held in the Gaza Strip".

The protests have been aimed, in part, at trying to break the blockade, imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

Yoav Galant's assessment appeared to fall short of what officials from the Islamic militant group Hamas have described as Egyptian efforts to broker a comprehensive agreement, including a significant easing of an 11-year-old border blockade and United Nations -led reconstruction of Gaza.

Israel's Defence Ministry described the barrier as "an impenetrable breakwater".

Hamas, meanwhile, is desperate to end the blockade, which has made it increasingly hard for the group to govern and has led to growing hardships in Gaza.

"Hamas has conducted internal meetings that have not yet ended", one senior official, Hussam Badran, told a Gaza radio station.

He writes: "We are continuing intensive work to build land and sea obstacles around Gaza".

It is the latest phase of border demonstrations that began at the end of March, in which at least 159 Palestinians have been killed while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead.

The Tel Aviv regime may agree to a limited ceasefire with Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli officials have hinted.

"(A deal would bring about a) separation of Gaza from the rest of the homeland and would create a mini-state which will be the graveyard of our national project", said Munir Al-Ghaghoub, a spokesman for Abbas's Fatah movement.

Also on Sunday, the Israeli military said it fired toward a vehicle used by Palestinian balloon-launchers in Gaza on Sunday. Two other IDF soldiers also died in the incident. Palestinian medics said four people were wounded.

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