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Israeli military strikes Hamas military post in Gaza

Israeli military strikes Hamas military post in Gaza

The leadership of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is to convene late Friday for a rare meeting, officials said, amid speculation of a long-term truce between the Gaza Strip's rulers and Israel.

United Nations and Egyptian-led efforts are underway to mediate a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas who have fought three wars since 2008.

According to sources, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu chose to postpone the trip to South America to monitor the situation in Gaza.

The paper reported on Friday the deal stipulated that Hamas must commit to "the end of the provocations along the border, or in other words, the phenomena of the flaming kites and balloons, border crossing operations and setting fire to border posts".

However, an Israeli official speaking to Israel's Channel 10 cautioned that the Netanyahu government would not agree to any deal unless Hamas returns three Israeli prisoners being held in Gaza. Power is on for just a few hours a day, unemployment has sky-rocketed and poverty is widening.

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The Israeli military did not comment directly on the deaths but said about 7,000 Palestinian threw rocks and rolled burning tyres at soldiers, and at the fence itself, at several locations along the border. He has said in the past that he would only resume responsibility for Gaza if Hamas agrees to hand over all authority there, including over security.

Ahmad Yaghi, 25, was shot dead by Israeli gunfire in eastern Gaza, Gaza Health Ministry Spokesmen Ashraf al-Qedra told reporters. 130 other protestors were also wounded, but not directly from live ammunition. Along with 21 other global participants on board the Norwegian-flagged Al Awda (The Return), Commodore was brutally attacked and kidnapped by Israeli forces in worldwide waters, last Sunday, and unlawfully detained for four days, in Israel.

In another development, a boat carrying activists challenging Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is approaching the territory, said the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group for pro-Palestinian and Islamic charities from around the world.

Most of the Hamas leadership is based in Gaza but would be joined by exiled members of the group's political bureau, including Saleh Arouri, a founder of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank and a mastermind of violent attacks against Israelis in the past.