Israel fires on Palestinians launching arson balloons

Hannah Rogers
November 2, 2018

Egypt and United Nations officials have been seeking a long-term truce between Israel and Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, with Qatar providing humanitarian assistance. Islamic Jihad, which sometimes acts independently from Hamas, was behind the latest rocket fire into Israel, which it said was in retaliation for the killing of four Palestinians during a Friday protest along the boundary fence.

The committee is technically independent from Hamas, but includes representatives allied to the Islamist movement.

The statement said that the two groups highly appreciate and evaluate the efforts of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations to "ease the suffering of our people and achieve aspirations of ending the Israeli siege".

Several fishing boats also sailed off the northern cost of the enclave, together with the protest on the beach of Gaza close to the border with Israel, which takes place every Monday. The Israeli military claimed that the boys were involved in planting an explosive device adjacent to the fence.

The Gaza Strip faces a severe electricity shortage, high unemployment and lack of clean water, among other humanitarian concerns.

Both groups praised Egyptian and United Nations efforts to broker a deal.

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Israeli snipers have also maimed hundreds by aiming at their lower limbs in a bid to incapacitate them, according to rights groups.

Ashrawi said that since March 30 more than 205 Palestinians, including at least 37 children, have died in the Gaza Strip, and thousands have been injured by Israeli forces.

According to the report, the demand for cash is to circumvent the Israeli coordination and monitoring mechanism that has been imposed so far, under which the Palestinian Authority must pay the wages of Gaza workers in a transparent manner.

The protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war that accompanied Israel's creation.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and the recent unrest has sparked fears of a fourth.

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