Friday, 16 November, 2018


Two hurt as Israel hits Gaza targets over ‘arson balloons’

A masked Palestinian launches a balloon loaded with flammable materials to be flown toward Israel at the Israel Gaza border in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Two hurt as Israel hits Gaza targets over ‘arson balloons’
Bennie Garza | 09 August, 2018, 08:25

Freedom was the second boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" to be intercepted en route to "break the blockade" on Gaza, organizers said.

Hamas will not accept worldwide aid in place of a substantial arrangement with Israel, an official from the group told i24NEWS Monday, after the group briefed Palestinian factions on ongoing talks with Egypt and the United Nations.

At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began.

The video of the sea barrier was posted to Lieberman's Twitter account today (AEST), as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Security Cabinet to discuss an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The Israeli security cabinet discussed the issue at length Sunday, but did not make any public comment on any decisions made at the meeting.

Israeli officials have repeatedly cautioned there will be no deal unless Hamas returns the bodies of two soldiers thought to be in Hamas hands since the soldiers were killed during Operation Protective Edge four years ago.

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

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.

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.

"(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 Fatah.

In what appeared to be a confidence-building gesture by Cairo, a pro-Hamas website said Egypt was on Sunday beginning to allow cooking gas across its border to Gaza to make up for the shortfall in Israeli supplies.

It also attacked "a terrorist squad that was launching arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel", the army said in an English-language statement.

Israel and Hamas came close to serious conflict recently when months of border violence escalated. Two other IDF soldiers also died in the incident.

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