Palestinian teen dies of wounds sustained during anti-Israel protests in Gaza


Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that continues to deprive its inhabitants of many essential commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and building materials.

Hamas will not accept worldwide aid in place of a substantial arrangement with Israel, an official from the group told i24NEWS Monday, after the group briefed Palestinian factions on ongoing talks with Egypt and the United Nations.

"Hamas has conducted internal meetings that have not yet ended", one senior official, Hussam Badran, told a Gaza radio station.

It is the latest phase of border demonstrations that began at the end of March, in which at least 159 Palestinians have been killed while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead.

Avigdor Lieberman's Twitter post came Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly convened his Security Cabinet to discuss an Egyptian brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border, the territory´s Hamas-run health ministry said.

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Hamas, meanwhile, is desperate to end the blockade, which has made it increasingly hard for the group to govern and has led to growing hardships in Gaza.

Israel and the United States designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

The second phase of deal, according to Hadashot, would see an agreement between Hamas and Fatah that would see the Palestinian Authority take control of the Gaza Strip under the auspices of Egypt. That appears not to be sitting well with some officials, and as soon as Hamas' acceptance was announced, some Israelis were already complaining about the proposal to hold talks with Hamas on returning bodies of slain soldiers, insisting the returns should be a precondition to anything else. A spokesman said any deal risked ending hopes of achieving Palestinian statehood.

Also on Sunday, the Israeli military said it fired toward a vehicle used by Palestinian balloon-launchers in Gaza on Sunday.

With borders to both Egypt and Israel largely sealed in recent years, Gaza suffers from desperately high rates of poverty and unemployment.

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.