Hamas Considers Cease-Fire as More Arson Balloons Land in Israel

Israeli navy boats maneuver at the military port of Ashdod in the southern part of the occupied Palestinian territories

In a separate development, Gaza's Health Ministry said a 15-year-old Palestinian died Saturday of wounds suffered from Israeli fire at a border protest the day before.

On Friday Ezzat al-Rishaq, a member of the Hamas political office, told protesters along the border they were "committed to calm".

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Aruri, who lives in Lebanon and has never before visited Gaza as he is wanted by Israel, was given Egyptian and United Nations assurances over his safety, the Hamas source said.

According to the Israeli army, some 8,000 Gazans had gathered at different spots along the frontier Friday, attempting to sabotage the Israeli border fence.

During this period, over 300 acres of land have been damaged by Palestinians during mass gatherings near the fence, affecting some 295 farmers; incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza towards Israel caused extensive damage to agricultural land and forests in southern Israel.

The military said both vessels were taken to an Israeli port without incident.

It is the 19th consecutive anti-Israel Friday protests since March 30, the first day of the ongoing Palestinian "Great March of Return" rally against Israel's 11-year crippling blockade and the USA embassy move to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.

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It said a tank struck a Hamas post in response.

"The delegation will arrive in Gaza for consultation over issues of concern for the Palestinian people, foremost in achieving the national reconciliation and ending the Gaza blockade", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Should the truce hold, a seaport and airport serving Gaza would be constructed on Egyptian territory in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as a power plant.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group for pro-Palestinian and Islamic charities from around the world, said Friday the Swedish-flagged vessel, Freedom, was almost 60 miles (95 kilometers) off the coast.

Earlier this week the Israeli navy intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat, one of four that left Scandinavia in mid-May.

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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.

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