1 killed, 90 wounded by Israel in Hamas-led Gaza protests

Clay Curtis
August 7, 2018

The Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reports Hamas will consent to a five-year truce with Israel which would end Hamas efforts to crash the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip and to attack Israel with rockets, incendiary balloons, and kites which have sparked fires that charred thousands of acres and damaged crops.

Hamas' spokesman Abdullatif al-Qanu stressed that the group's decision to join the "right to return" march showed the Hamas' alignment with Palestinian people. "We want to break the siege on Gaza once and forever", said Hussam Badran, one of the visiting Hamas leaders. 130 other protestors were also wounded, but not directly from live ammunition. Israel and the United States designate Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Under global law, said the report, while addressing its military and security needs in areas along the perimeter fence, Israel is obliged to avoid causing disproportionate harm to the lives and livelihoods of the Palestinian population.

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.

Israel contends the the blockade is necessary to keep Palestinian militants from getting weapons or other materials that could be used for military purposes. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

The 'Freedom, ' a boat headed to the Gaza Strip in a flotilla defying Israel's blockade.

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It said a tank fired at a Hamas military post in Gaza after Palestinians briefly crossed the frontier and threw bombs.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group for pro-Palestinian and Islamic charities from around the world, said Friday the Swedish-flagged vessel, Freedom, was almost 60 miles (95 kilometers) off the coast.

Another boat was intercepted on Sunday.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Hamas leaders living overseas is visiting Gaza to hold a meeting with Hamas leaders in the Strip.

Similar attempts by activists to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza have been foiled before.

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