0518 GMT May 25, 2019
The leader of the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Saturday that Palestinians will not stop the Great March of Return protests until a decade-long Israeli blockade on Gaza is lifted completely, Press Tv reported.
He was speaking at a funeral of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza fence a day earlier.
Palestinian mourners across the Gaza Strip held funerals for seven protesters killed by Israeli forces during the weekly rallies on Friday.
Gaza health officials said seven Palestinians were killed and 140 people wounded by Israeli forces during weekly protests on Friday.
It said four died along the frontier east of Al-Bureij in central Gaza, two east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in southern Gaza.
It named one of those killed as Mohammed Abbas, who was shot in the head, AFP reported.
Gaza Health Ministry said all the victims were males aged between 17 and 29.
Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
At least 205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests began on March 30.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
The Israel denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs with proper wages as well as adequate health care and education.
Fuel delivery suspended
In its latest move against Gazans, Israel suspended fuel deliveries to Gaza on Friday in response to what it called attacks against Israeli troopers and settlers that left seven Palestinians dead.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered deliveries of fuel to the Palestinian enclave be suspended, AFP reported.
"Following the serious of incidents in the Gaza Strip, the defense ministry orders the immediate halt to the delivery of fuel" to the area, he said in a statement.
The suspension came just days after a United Nations-brokered deal to supply the territory with Qatari-bought fuel came into effect.
The terms of the deal saw Doha, a longtime Hamas backer, pledge to pay $60 million (52 million euros) for fuel to be brought into Gaza over six months to supply the strip's sole power plant.
In a rare interview recently, Hamas Gaza head Yahya Sinwar encouraged world powers to work with it to ease suffering in the strip.