Senior Hamas officials arrive in Gaza

Senior Hamas officials arrive in Gaza

Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said 25-year-old Yahya Yagi was shot dead by Israeli army, while scores of others were injured by Israeli arm fires and tear gas canisters on the eastern Gaza border.

It will be the full first meeting of the movement's political bureau since talks held in Cairo in 2017, officials said.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza fence have escalated since Hamas launched regular protests in the area in late March.

A new fact report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory on the humanitarian impact of restrictions on access to land near the perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip said that restrictions imposed by Israel on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence undermine the security and livelihoods of Palestinians.

The UN and human rights groups have appealed to Israel to end the siege on Gaza, which has had a devastating impact on the 2 million Palestinians living in the territory.

Israel's military says a tank fired at a Hamas military post in Gaza after Palestinians briefly crossed the frontier and threw bombs.

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

Since the Gaza rallies began on March 30, 155 Palestinian protesters have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire.

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Muadh al-Suri, 15, was shot in the stomach on Friday in central Gaza, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, raising the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during those clashes to two, with over 200 wounded.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman took the decision in ostensible retaliation for ongoing incendiary balloon attacks by Palestinian activists in Gaza.

Israel says its naval blockade of Gaza is meant to prevent weapons from reaching militant groups.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group for pro-Palestinian and Islamic charities from around the world, said Friday the Swedish-flagged vessel, Freedom, was almost 60 miles (95 kilometers) off the coast.

A similar incident took place last Sunday, when the Israel Navy stopped a boat flying under a Norwegian flag.

The vessel Freedom for Gaza was the second vessel of the "Freedom Flotilla" to be seized as it tried to "break the blockade" on Gaza, organizers said.

"The ship was monitored and was intercepted in accordance with global law", the Israeli military claimed.

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