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Palestinian killed by IDF after attempting to cross Gaza border: ministry

Palestinian protesters evacuate a female medic of Razan Najjar, 21, youth near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, during a protest east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, June 1, 2018. Najjar, was shot in the chest and died later at hospital, the Healt
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Gaza's health ministry said on Thursday that a Palestinian had been killed by Israel's Defense Forces (IDF) gunfire after attempting to cross the border fence. 

 The health ministry also said that a Palestinian shot last month during protests on the Israel-Gaza border has succumbed to his wounds on Thursday. 

Ahmad al-Najar, 21, was shot by Israeli fire east of Khan Yunis and was later transferred to the West Bank for treatment, a health ministry spokesman said in a statement.

He died on Wednesday, the spokesman added.

At least 214 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces during weekly demonstrations along the Gaza border ongoing since March 30, dozens of whom have been identified as Hamas members.

One Israeli soldier has also been killed since the protests and clashes began.

The demonstrations have often escalated as protesters have burned tires, hurled explosive devices, and attempted to infiltrate or damage the volatile border fence, and as militant groups have launched rocket barrages into southern Israel prompting retaliatory airstrikes.

Egypt and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations that would see Hamas end months of often violent protests along the border in exchange for Israel easing its blockade on the Strip.

MAHMUD HAMS (AFP)

In a sign that a deal could be imminent, Israel has agreed to allow Qatar to finance salaries of Hamas government employees as well as provide temporary financial support to Gaza families.

Qatar announced it would provide $100 each to 50,000 poor families in Gaza in the “next few days” the Gulf state’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee said late Tuesday.

The London-based Arabic-language Al Hayat newspaper reported Thursday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was able to convince Abbas to give his approval to a truce deal.

Sissi reportedly told Abbas a deal would be “an opportunity for the people of Gaza to breathe,” to which the Palestinian Authority chief agreed.

Abbas been very critical of the ceasefire negotiations between Hamas and Israel, saying there is no deal without the PA.

Hamas and Fatah, Abbas' political party, have attempted to reconcile numerous time but remain rivals.

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