Details Emerge of Potential Long-Term Gaza Truce Between Israel and Hamas

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The Islamic Hamas movement, which runs the Gaza Strip, was considering accepting the terms of a long-term cease-fire with Israel, which was brokered by the United Nations envoy for Middle East peace and Egyptian officials in recent months, Israeli media reported.

Hamas' spokesman Abdullatif al-Qanu stressed that the group's decision to join the "right to return" march showed the Hamas' alignment with Palestinian people.

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.

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman took the decision in ostensible retaliation for ongoing incendiary balloon attacks by Palestinian activists in Gaza.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders, citing security concerns over Hamas and other militant groups.

Under worldwide law, said the report, while addressing its military and security needs in areas along the perimeter fence, Israel is obliged to avoid causing disproportionate harm to the lives and livelihoods of the Palestinian population.

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At the same time, one Palestinian demonstrator was reported to have been killed by the Israeli military and 220 injured, many from live ammunition.

It said some 8,000 Gazans had participated in the protests at five locations along the border.

It said a tank struck a Hamas post in response.

The deal would purportedly include the improvement of living conditions inside Gaza, in addition to a sea port and an airport in Egypt.

The coalition said Friday that the Swedish-flagged vessel, Freedom, was almost 60 miles (95 kilometers) off the coast.

"The ship was monitored and was intercepted in accordance with worldwide law", the Israeli military claimed.

Freedom was the second boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" to be intercepted en route to break the blockade on Gaza, organisers said.

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