Israel allowed Turkey to deploy a Turkish ship off the coast of Gaza to serve as temporary power plant, until the Gaza power plant, damaged during the summer’s war with Israel, is repaired, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said on Thursday according to Israel’s Ynetnews website.
It is understood the move represents a goodwill gesture on the part of Israel.
In an interview with the Al-Qudsnewspaper, the Palestinian minister insisted that Israel had so far agreed in principle to the move, adding he hoped the announcement would indeed materialize.
Also Thursday, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, said indirect talks between Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas militants are set to resume in late October.
Marzouk said that in the eventual agreement the issue of prisoner swap will “surely” figure, yet the two sides have no intention of discussing it in the upcoming round.
Another senior Hamas official in Gaza, Khalil Elahee, said that the talks should focus on the distribution of aid to residents of the Palestinian enclave and that the issue of prisoners should be raised at a separate meeting.
Hamas on a number of occasions said it refuses to return the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers killed in ground combat during the 50 day-long Operation Protective Edge, saying that this issue should be raised at another round of talks.
Later on Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli media reported that Israeli Defense Forces troops in the West Bank shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian who apparently hurled rocks at the soldiers.
Military spokesperson said an investigation into the incident has been launched.
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