Palestinian teen dies of wounds from border clash: ministry

Hamas Media Office Ismail Haniyeh right the head of the Hamas political bureau shakes hands with his deputy Saleh Ar

Hamas Media Office Ismail Haniyeh right the head of the Hamas political bureau shakes hands with his deputy Saleh Ar

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests on the Gaza border on Friday, a Gaza hospital official said.

Since late March, thousands of Gaza residents have participated in frequent protests along Israel's perimeter fence, in part to try to break the blockade.

Hamas has led months of border protests partially aimed at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after it took control of Gaza in 2007.

The strike was carried out by an IDF tank after several Palestinians infiltrated into Israel from southern Gaza, and hurled firebombs and an explosive device in the border fence area, said the Israeli army, Xinhua reported.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called off a planned trip to South America and scheduled a meeting of his security Cabinet for Sunday to monitor Gaza developments.

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 per cent of the two million population are dependent on aid.

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The Israeli military said the vessel, named "Freedom for Gaza", was "intercepted in accordance with global law". While small changes have occurred since the deal was signed in October - notably the handing over of Gaza's borders to the PA - Hamas remains firmly in charge in Gaza. Others, among them armed Hamas militants, have been killed in attempted border attacks or in Israeli airstrikes. Israel shelled a Hamas post in response. The military said its soldiers sustained no casualties in the incident.

Incendiary balloons and kites, many set off during border protests organized by Hamas, have caused fires that have devastated southern Israel's farmland and forests.

The organizer of the trip, the Swedish group Ship to Gaza, said the boat was carrying mainly medical supplies and maintained it was wrongly intercepted in global waters.

A Swedish-flagged ship heading for besieged Gaza has been seized by the Israeli navy, activists said on Saturday, with the crew detained for questioning.

Since 2008, activists from all over the world have sailed 31 boats in attempts to challenge the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza.

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