Israeli plane attacks kite flyers in Gaza

  • Israeli plane attacks kite flyers in Gaza

Israeli plane attacks kite flyers in Gaza

Transportation Minister Israel Katz said Sunday on his Twitter account that any agreement reached with regards to Gaza must include conditions for the return of Israeli captives and IDF soldiers' remains.

The papers added that an Israeli drone fired a missile on Saturday at a group of Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border fence to the east of Jabalia town, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel made a decision to erect a sea barrier in 2014, when several Hamas gunmen tried to enter Israel by sea but were shot dead by soldiers.

Israel says its naval blockade of Gaza is meant to prevent weapons from reaching militant groups, including Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Palestinian enclave.

According to one Egyptian official, the Foreign Ministry in Cairo instructed its diplomats in a June 10 cable to emphasize that Egypt would not budge from its position that Israel is the country with exclusive, ultimate responsibility for Gaza.

Hamas leaders have been meeting for several days in Gaza to discuss the Egyptian-brokered agreement. "I will support any plan that includes establishing Egyptian infrastructure on land and sea for Gaza - under global supervision".

Israel and the United States designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

Egypt has allowed domestic gas deliveries into the blockaded Gaza Strip for the first time, according to a Palestinian official on Sunday.

Reports in the Lebanese news paper Al-Akhbar earlier on Friday said the deal stipulated that Hamas must commit to "the end of the provocations along the border, or in other words, the phenomena of the flaming kites and ballons, border crossing operations and setting fire to border posts".

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

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

The "Hamas" leadership is working on a "progressive" agreement with Israel on ending marches organized at the border with the Gaza Strip and on the cessation of hostilities between Israel and the movement, including incendiary balloons in exchange for lifting the latest economic blockade imposed on the enclave.

Zur Goldin (R), brother of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, and other family members talk to the media outside their home in the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba August 2, 2014.