Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

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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.

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

A delegation of Hamas executive committee members who reside in surrounding Arab nations, led by Deputy Head of Hamas' political bureau Saleh Arouri, arrived in the Gaza Strip Thursday evening through the Rafah crossing from Egypt.

Speaking about the Hamas delegation's visit, Hamas political official Hussam Badran said: "We will achieve a national unity of the highest level in order to break (Israel's) blockade".

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The 'Freedom, ' a boat headed to the Gaza Strip in a flotilla defying Israel's blockade.

"We now have confirmed information that S/Y Freedom to Gaza have been boarded on global waters, by Israeli navy".

At least 156 Palestinians have been killed since March 30, when Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began holding nearly daily protests near the buffer zone. Large turnout has also been driven by widespread desperation in Gaza, amid worsening conditions linked to the blockade. Others, among them armed Hamas militants, have been killed in attempted border attacks or in Israeli airstrikes.

In a statement, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said it included Marzouk, Rishq and Badran as well as Khalil al Hayya and Rawhi Mushtaha.

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Eyewitnesses said Gaza protesters on Friday flew the largest ever arson kite with a burning tire into Israel, while Israeli soldiers stationed at the border area fired dozens of tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organiser from a group named Ship to Gaza which organised the trip. 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.

Activists have made several attempts to breach the blockade in recent years, most notably in 2010, when Israeli naval commandos killed nine Turks in a raid at sea.

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