Hamas Leaders Approve 'Gradual' Cease-Fire Deal with Israel

Israel begins work on Gaza sea barrier

Egypt has allowed domestic gas deliveries into the blockaded Gaza Strip for the first time, according to a Palestinian official on Sunday.

According to a senior Hamas source, they were expected to deal with United Nations and Egyptian ceasefire proposals and the lifting of Israel's decade-long blockade of the Palestinian enclave.

Member of the political bureau of Hamas Husam Badran, center, speaks at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018.

News about the death of a Palestinian teen who succumbed to wounds sustained by Israeli forces during the recent protests at Gaza border hit the front pages of three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Sunday. They are in custody and will be put on flights home, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Immigration Authority said, Reuters reported. Twenty-four of slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

Hamas leaders have been meeting for several days in Gaza to discuss the Egyptian-brokered agreement. The people on board were taken for "further inquiry".

There are more than 4000 fishers and around 700 boats in the Gaza Strip providing livelihood to at least 70.000 Palestinians, while the Israeli military and navy keep attacking them, kidnapping them and confiscating their boats, in addition to the dozens of casualties, including fatalities, resulting from these violations.

The decision to create an improved naval barrier was coordinated with the Israel Border Guard Police in cooperation with the Gaza Division of the IDF Southern Command, in response to lessons learned from the 2014 counter terror war with Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.

On Friday, firefighters had worked to extinguish 16 blazes caused by incendiary balloons across Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services said.

A member of the Israeli Security Cabinet, Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), referred to the ceasefire talks with Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and said that "an arrangement with the organization is now not on the agenda".

Palestinians have also flown balloons and kites carrying incendiary devices across the border, starting hundreds of fires inside Israel.

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