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Hamas: we won't accept 'handouts' in place of long-term deal

09 August 2018

The Asharq al-Aswat story indicates that Hamas wants a "gradual" cease-fire, the first stage of which Hamas would stop its terror activities against Israel from the Gaza Strip, including rocket firings and arson attacks with incendiary kites and balloons, as well as attempts by Gaza protesters to cross into Israel.

United Nations officials have called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas where 80 percent of the two million population are dependent on aid.

An Israeli Cabinet minister says a cease-fire deal with Hamas now being discussed involves easing some restrictions on Gaza.

According to the Gaza health ministry, 157 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the "March of Return" protests on March 30.

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Freedom was the second boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" to be intercepted en route to "break the blockade" on Gaza, organizers said.

A truck parks next to a security barrier inside the Kerem Shalom border crossing terminal between Israel and Gaza Strip January 16, 2018.

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. "I will support any plan that includes establishing Egyptian infrastructure on land and sea for Gaza - under worldwide supervision".

The Shaul family plans to protest the deal in front of the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday morning, when the security cabinet is to meet to discuss the agreement.

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As part of the negotiations, several exiled Hamas leaders have entered Gaza for high-level internal consultations.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said that President Abbas welcomed the Iraqi national football team in the presidential headquarters in the city of Ramallah, the occupied West Bank.

In what appeared to be a confidence-building gesture by Cairo, a pro-Hamas website said Egypt was on Sunday beginning to allow cooking gas across its border to Gaza to make up for the shortfall in Israeli supplies.

According to medical sources, one of the wounded was a boy.

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Construction continues on the background of the border conflict. Two other IDF soldiers also died in the incident.

Hamas: we won't accept 'handouts' in place of long-term deal