Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza border protest, ceasefire efforts continue

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza border protest, ceasefire efforts continue

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. Israeli troops fired tear gas and live rounds, wounding several protesters and a medic.

The latest clashes come amid reports of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that has been negotiated through Egypt.

According to a press release from the administration of the Rafah border crossing, an Arouri-led delegation including leading group members Mousa Abu Marzouk, Izzat al Rishq and Hussam Badran crossed the border into the Gaza Strip.

Some 8,000 violent rioters gathered in five locations on Friday to attack the border.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly cancelled a planned visit to Columbia in order to be close to further possible developments in the truce negotiations.

The Israeli military said the vessel, named "Freedom for Gaza", was "intercepted in accordance with worldwide law".

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During this period, over 300 acres of land have been damaged by Palestinians during mass gatherings near the fence, affecting some 295 farmers; incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza towards Israel caused extensive damage to agricultural land and forests in southern Israel.

What Happened: Israel and militant group Hamas are allegedly working on a deal to ensure that peace between the two sides holds, Haaretz reported August 3. The delegation is in Gaza amid high-level discussions about an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

It said a tank fired at a Hamas military post in Gaza after Palestinians briefly crossed the frontier and threw bombs. Critics say it amounts to collective punishment of Gaza's 2 million people.

The 12 activists on-board the "Freedom for Gaza" boat were attempting to bring urgently needed medical supplies to Gaza, when the vessel was intercepted by the Israeli navy in worldwide waters.

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

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