Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

Israel threatens ‘painful’ strike against Hamas in Gaza

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to keep up the near-weekly protests along the security fence with Israel until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO's executive committee, told Anadolu Agency Friday that Nickolay Mladenov has overstepped his role through his attempts to mediate between the Palestinian movement and Tel Aviv.

On Saturday, Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said fuel deliveries would only resume if there was a "total cessation of violence, the launching of incendiary ballons (from Gaza towards Israel) and the use of burning tyres against Israeli towns" near the enclave. In May, about 60 protesters were killed in a single day, making it one of the deadliest since a 2014 war between the two sides.

Mentioning recent attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank, Netanyahu said Israel is "determined to act against terror everywhere to find the murderers".

They said that Aisha Muhammad Rabi, from the town of Bidya in the north of the West Bank, was hit in the head by a stone thrown at the auto she was in on a road south of Nablus. He says her husband saw a small group of settlers nearby.

The area is near several ultranationalist Jewish settlements.

During the riots, according to Palestinian reports, seven demonstrators were killed, including three who crossed the fence and approached a post of the Israeli army.

Gaza medics said that, in addition to the six dead, around 140 others were wounded.

Since March, Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the fence.

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