Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Israeli minister says Egypt bears equal responsibility for Gaza READ MORE

Israeli minister says Egypt bears equal responsibility for Gaza READ MORE

"The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) clarified to the ship´s passengers that they are violating the legal naval blockade and that any humanitarian merchandise can be transferred to Gaza through the (Israeli) Port of Ashdod", an Israeli military statement said. Hamas and other resistance groups have linked their fate to Israel freeing Palestinian security detainees. The second phase also outlines a roadmap for elections to be held in Gaza within six months.

The border protests continued this weekend with an estimated 8,000 demonstrators hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers and burning tires.

On Friday, it was announced that Hamas had agreed to a long-term ceasefire deal with Israel, as proposed by Egypt. Israel's security cabinet met on Sunday to discuss the deal.

An Israeli Cabinet minister on Monday played down the significance of indirect truce talks with Gaza's Hamas rulers, suggesting any cease-fire deal would be limited in scope.

In parallel to United Nations mediation, Egypt has used its contacts with both Israel and the dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to discuss ways of calming a more than three-month-old surge in confrontations along the Israel-Gaza border. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.

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Israel has not publicly responded to the report, although speculation has grown in Israel after an announcement last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would cancel his upcoming trip to Colombia for the inauguration of the new president there.

As part of negotiations, several exiled Hamas leaders are in Gaza for consultations.

But Egyptian officials have privately voiced worry about Israeli calls for them to be more involved in Gaza, proposals that they think may dovetail with the Trump administration's efforts to address Palestinian grievances with pan-Arab help.

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.

Zur Goldin (R), brother of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, and other family members talk to the media outside their home in the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba August 2, 2014. Palestinian medics said four people were wounded.

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