Palestinian wounded in Gaza border protests dies

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The Israeli navy intercepted a Swedish-flagged activist boat bent on breaching its more than decade-long blockade of Gaza, the second in less than a week, the military said on Saturday.

Hamas will not accept global 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. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

However, an Israeli official told Channel 10 on Friday that Israel would not be willing to accept any long-term deal with Hamas that did not include the return of the held Israelis.

Hamas is holding hostage at least two Israeli civilians who crossed into Gaza during episodes of poor mental health, as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers who were killed in action.

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"I will present my "artificial island" plan to cut all civil connection between Israel and Gaza today", Katz continued, referring to the planned cabinet discussion of the ceasefire.

Israel is building a big fence on the sea border with the Gaza strip.

On Sunday, when the Israeli security cabinet convened to discuss the Gaza truce ideas, one member - Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz - tweeted that these should include "bringing Egyptian infrastructure, at sea and on land, to bear for the good of Gaza, under worldwide supervision".

The PA, which has placed several economic sanctions on Gaza in an attempt to pressure Hamas, is no expected to play a major role in the Strip's hoped-for development projects that will reportedly be funded by cash from Washington, Brussels and wealthy Gulf states.

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Israel, the United States and other Western countries regard Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Egypt has allowed domestic gas deliveries into the blockaded Gaza Strip for the first time, according to a Palestinian official on Sunday. A spokesman said any deal risked ending hopes of achieving Palestinian statehood.

The offer would be the focus of later deliberations, the official said, adding that any eventual broader agreement over Gaza would require a guarantee for the return of the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said that according to emails obtained by the US-based Foreign Policy journal, Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, seeks to push to close UNRWA and end the Palestinian refugee status. Twenty-four of slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said.

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

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