Hamas Set to Accept Egyptian-Brokered Ceasefire Deal with Israel

09 August, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • 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

On Saturday, the Israeli army said an aircraft had fired at "a terrorist squad" launching "arson balloons" at Israel.

Two Palestinians were reportedly injured in the attack in the northern city of Beit Lahia, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the area.

"Ship to Gaza demands that those who have been taken prisoner and the ship and its cargo are returned to the location where the ship was boarded and are allowed to continue their journey in worldwide and Palestinian waters unmolested, in accordance with global law", the group said in a statement.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense revealed on Sunday photos of an under-construction sea barrier on the maritime border with the besieged Gaza Strip to prevent the movement of the Hamas military wing out of the coastal enclave and into Israel.

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

Some of the protesters typically throw stones, burn tires, try to cut parts of the fence system or set off incendiary balloons and kites with the aim of setting fires in Israel.

Israel and Hamas came close to serious conflict recently when months of border violence escalated.

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.

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"I will present my "artificial island" plan to cut all civil connection between Israel and Gaza today", Katz continued, referring to the planned cabinet discussion of the ceasefire. Hamas and other resistance groups have linked their fate to Israel freeing Palestinian security detainees.

A senior Hamas source in Gaza said he was unaware of the meeting.

He noted that the core of the plots is establishing a "pale" entity in the Gaza Strip in return for ignoring all the Palestinian rights.

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

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