Israel seizes second activist ship attempting to break Gaza siege

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The protests on Friday occurred a day after a senior Hamas delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip from Egypt to discuss a possible cease-fire with Israel and resume internal reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party.

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.

Palestinian protesters at the Israel-Gaza border, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 3, 2018.

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.

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The 'Freedom, ' a boat headed to the Gaza Strip in a flotilla defying Israel's blockade. Others, including Hamas militants, have been killed in other incidents, including Israeli airstrikes.

The short film shows scenes of Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinians, including Yaser Murtaja, who was shot dead by Israeli forces while covering mass rallies along the Gaza border.

Gaza's National Committee confirmed that the activists' deportation comes two days after they were detained following an attack by Israeli naval forces on the ship in worldwide waters. He has said in the past that he would only resume responsibility for Gaza if Hamas agrees to hand over all authority there, including over security.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman took the decision in ostensible retaliation for ongoing incendiary balloon attacks by Palestinian activists in Gaza.

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The vessel, called the SY Freedom for Gaza, was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, a representative of a group called Ship to Gaza, which organized the trip, told Reuters.

On Sunday, the Israeli navy intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat that was part of the flotilla.

Most of the Hamas leadership is based in Gaza but would be joined by exiled members of the group's political bureau, including Saleh Arouri, a founder of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank and a mastermind of violent attacks against Israelis in the past.

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