Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu says mediation can help to prevent Gaza collapse

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu says mediation can help to prevent Gaza collapse

According to army sources of the boys were "apparently" intent on "placing explosive devices" along the border between Israel and Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he welcomes mediation from the United Nations and Egypt to prevent a humanitarian collapse in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

It added that it had made, before his air strike, "warning shots in the direction (teens) who have not responded".

"The Israeli occupation army has been deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children".

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"The object was collected by security officers and handled by them", an Eshkol spokesperson said.

Ibrahim al-Satari, the father of 13-year-old Mohammed, said he couldn't understand it.

The launching of such devices, often kites and balloons affixed with flammable liquids or explosives, has become a ubiquitous tactic used by Gaza protesters to inflict costly damage on the State of Israel without putting themselves in danger.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi Monday strongly condemned Israel's shelling and murder of three Palestinian children to the east of Khan Younes in the southern besieged Gaza Strip. Several threw rocks and firebombs at the fence near the beach in northwestern Gaza.

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According to the report, the demand for cash is to circumvent the Israeli coordination and monitoring mechanism that has been imposed so far, under which the Palestinian Authority must pay the wages of Gaza workers in a transparent manner.

Ashrawi noted that since March 30, more than 205 Palestinians, including at least 37 children, have been killed in Gaza, and thousands more have been injured by Israeli forces.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little threat.

Egyptian mediators have been working to restore calm, and hope to bring about national reconciliation between Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007, and the West Bank-based administration of President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Israel justifies its blockade by the need to contain Hamas and accused the islamist movement that runs the enclave of orchestrating the protests for "terrorists".

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