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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.

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy succumbed on Saturday morning to wounds he sustained on the 19th Friday of "The Great March of Return" protests alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces targeted a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday after a number of Gazans breached the border fence.

Hamas officials have said guarantees were given that the delegation would not be targeted by Israel and that progress has been made toward a truce that could pave the way for a United Nations -led reconstruction of Gaza.

However, an Israeli official speaking to Israel's Channel 10 cautioned that the Netanyahu government would not agree to any deal unless Hamas returns three Israeli prisoners being held in Gaza. Others, including Hamas militants, have been killed in other incidents, including Israeli airstrikes.

At least 156 Palestinians have been killed in the protests and one Israeli soldier was shot dead by a sniper in Gaza.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a decision to put off a trip to South America to keep an eye on the situation in Gaza, a government official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

In one area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing thick plumes of black smoke.

Palestinian medics carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on August 3, 2018. 130 other protestors were also wounded, but not directly from live ammunition. The boat and another vessel, which was intercepted by Israeli forces on Sunday, set sail to Gaza from Europe last week.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organizer from a group named Ship to Gaza which organized the trip.

Associated Press writers Fares Akram in Amman, Jordan, Ian Deitch in Jerusalem and Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank contributed.


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