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Egyptian mediators in Gaza press Palestinians to reconcile

01 March 2018

"The gallery is an attempt to maintain the original identity of Jerusalem in face of the Israeli falsification", Mohamed al-Khatib, head of Jerusalem unit at the Palestinian Information Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.

Two Egyptian intelligence officials and a diplomat arrived in Gaza on Sunday, along with government ministers from the Fatah-led Palestinian cabinet in the occupied West Bank, AP said.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007.

The Israeli premier has already said that he would put his stamp on reconciliation only if Hamas recognizes Israel, disbands its military wing and cuts ties with Iran. Subsequently, one of the suspects was severely injured and he later succumbed to his wounds.

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The man was evacuated to a hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, where he died of his wounds after undergoing surgery.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Qanoua called the incident "an ugly crime the occupation is responsible for and a form of continuing aggression against our Palestinian people". According to a Gaza-based fishermen's union, roughly 50,000 Gazans earn their living from fishing.

The military says one man was killed and two others were taken into custody for questioning.

Boats are not allowed to stray beyond a fixed limit to the north toward Israeli waters.

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Under the Oslo peace accords, the fishing zone is supposed to extend to 20 nautical miles, but it has shrunk over the years as the Tel Aviv regime has imposed greater restrictions.

Israel regularly seals off the occupied Palestinian territories during Jewish holidays.

"By applying Israeli law to the illegal settlements in the West Bank, the settlers will be emboldened to embark on a land grab, and the Palestinians will be prevented from seeking recourse and any kind of justice to protect their land and properties", she added.

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Egyptian mediators in Gaza press Palestinians to reconcile