Israel’s announcement that it will ease the blockade of Gaza has been welcomed internationally but dismissed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
Israel has already announced that some construction material, like cement and steel, supervised by international groups, will now be allowed through the blockade.
A full list of the newly approved items has not been released but Israeli media has widely speculated that all food items, toys, stationery, kitchen utensils and mattresses will be allowed in to the Strip.
The Hamas justice minister has agreed a deal with Turkey to sue the Israeli officers who took part in the Gaza flotilla raid.
London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Hamas’ Faraj al-Ghoul told his Turkish opposite number, Sadullah Ergin, in a telephone conversation, that Hamas had decided to pursue legally the naval officers through international courts.
Hamas said that Turkey had agreed to support Gaza residents, and to stand "stand-by-side" with them.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he is “seriously concerned” about Israel’s actions and called for a full investigation.
Mr Hague gave a statement to the House of Commons today and said the government had expressed its “disappointment” to the Israeli government about its lack of access to the 37 British nationals who were on board the flotilla, of whom it has been in contact with twenty-eight.
He said: “We have demanded urgent information about and access to all UK nationals involved. Their welfare is our top priority at this time.
The Knesset this week passed a first reading of a new law mandating harsher prison conditions for Hamas members.
The measure, which was supported by the government, has been nicknamed the "Shalit Law" in reference to captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who is being held by Hamas in Gaza.
Proposed by Likud MK Danny Danon, the legislation will allow prison authorities to deny Hamas prisoners rights they have enjoyed until now, including family and conjugal visits, academic studies and watching television.