The US has blocked an independent investigation into the killing of more than 60 Palestinians at the border between Gaza and Israel, calling Israel’s actions justifiable and blaming the violence on Hamas.
An Israeli official has said Israel doesn't want to start a war in Gaza, but admitted toppling Hamas was still "definitely an option." Israel has denied it agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas following last week's fighting.
UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian refugees, is feeling the crunch since the United States, its main donor, slashed its contributions. The crisis comes amid a military escalation between Hamas and Israel.
The activist boat was en route to Gaza to deliver humanitarian goods, according to flotilla organizers. But the Israeli military said it had attempted to breach a naval blockade aimed at stopping arms smuggling.
For weeks, Palestinian incendiary kites have been setting fields in southern Israel ablaze. Last weekend, fierce violence broke out between Hamas and Israel. In Gaza, residents fear the consequences of full-scale war.
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