Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth published a rare interview with Yahya Sinwar on Friday in which he viewed a cease-fire with Israel as entailing "complete calm" and an end to the blockade of Gaza. He also called for Hamas leaders to "beware" now that the holidays were over.
Hamas accuses Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who governs parts of the West Bank, of thwarting regional efforts to reach a Gaza cease-fire that could ease the closure. The delegations, which were scheduled to be in Cairo for a few days, left the Egyptian capital after only 24 hours. "I tell the leaders of Hamas: "Take that into account", he added.
If Egypt stops its involvement in the talks, it is highly likely that a military confrontation will erupt in Gaza, the official stated. One of the largest fires in the past six months broke out on Saturday near the greenhouses in Moshav Ein Habesor in Eshkol.
A Palestinian boy holds a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border fence in the southern Gaza Strip October 5, 2018.
Hussein Al-Rakab, 28, died after being shot in the head near Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip, Qudra said.
The Health Ministry in Gaza reported three deaths, including a 12-year-old boy, and more than 400 wounded.
At the same time, hundreds of millions of dollars would be transferred to Gaza for the rehabilitation and improvement of infrastructure and civilian projects.
Israel has fought three wars with Hamas since 2008 and considers the group a "terrorist" organization.