Gaza: Palestinian teen dies of wounds sustained in peaceful protests

09 August, 2018, 09:24 | Author: Kim Reid
  • 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

Since the 2014 war in Gaza, Israel has maintained an underwater sensor system along the maritime border with the northern Gaza Strip, enabling the Israeli forces to spot divers and swimmers in the area.

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

According to unconfirmed local media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet members of his security cabinet later Sunday to discuss a possible truce with Hamas. "Egypt is no less responsible", Elkin to Israel's Ynet TV in an interview. "With every day that passes, our counter terrorism capabilities around the Gaza Strip are growing stronger".

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Senior PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said any agreement with Israel should not be limited to "Hamas". Twenty-four of slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

"The suffering of our people, and the 12-year blockade imposed with no guilt on their part, requires that all Palestinian leaders search for a real solution to this suffering. without giving concessions when it comes to the known and outstanding positions and rights of our people", the Hamas official said.

The deadly clashes have seen Israeli security forces facing gunfire, grenades, Molotov cocktails and efforts - sometimes successful - to damage or penetrate the border fence.

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Earlier Sunday, the navy fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in central Gaza, also forcing the fishermen to sail back to shore, in fear of further Israeli violations.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire.

On Friday, firefighters had worked to extinguish 16 blazes caused by incendiary balloons across Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services said.

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Israel has shut the Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza's sole commercial access point, as a punitive measure over the launch of incendiary balloons by Palestinian activists from the seaside enclave into Israel, banning all deliveries except food and medicine.

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