Mistrust Runs Deap In Gaza After israel Breaches Ceasefire Agreement
One person was killed and 19 injured in Gaza by the Israeli army on Friday, breaking a two-day old ceasefire between the Jewish state and the Strip and sparking critical responses by Palestinian officials.
A 21-year-old man, identified as Anwar Qadih by an Al-Akhbar correspondent, was shot in the head by Israeli gunfire as he and a group of Palestinians approached the security fence running along the border between Israel and Gaza near the southern city of Khan Younis.
There were conflicting accounts of the event, including the reason why of a group of Palestinians were near the border and whether warning shots were fired by the Israeli army.
According to the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt, Israel may not fire at Gaza's border area.
The eight-day conflict that pitted the Israeli army against Palestinian parties in the Gaza Strip ended Wednesday evening, triggering mass celebrations in the coastal strip with locals proclaiming a victory for Palestinian resistance groups.
Two Palestinians died on Friday morning as a result of wounds sustained during the Israeli offensive's relentless airstrikes, medical officials told Ma’an news agency. Their deaths brought the death toll to 170 Palestinians.
Nearly 1,400 rockets struck Israel during the conflict, killing four civilians and two soldiers, including an officer who died on Thursday of wounds sustained the day before, the Israeli army said. Israel dropped 1,000 times as much explosive on the Gaza Strip as landed on its soil, however, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said according to Reuters.
The ceasefire involved an immediate cessation of violence, as well as talks with the mediating Egyptian state to negotiate a new border deal. Hamas has demanded a lift of the blockade on Gaza.
Gaza's border has been unilaterally declared a buffer zone by Israel in the past, but the ceasefire talks may entail a revision of the area's status.
The Palestinian foreign minister in Gaza Riyad al-Maliki said the Israeli attack was a "clear violation" of the ceasefire and should not be repeated, Lebanese news channel al-Mayadeen reported.
Al-Akhbar's correspondent in Gaza said that Palestinian political parties, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, have reported the ceasefire breach to Egypt.
The parties said that they are ready to respond to the attacks, but are working through diplomatic channels first.
Two days after the end of the conflict, life was slowly going back to normal in Gaza. Work was expected to return to normal hours on Saturday, as Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh promised the government would help reconstruct homes destroyed by the numerous Israeli air raids.
But An opinion poll on Friday showed nearly half of all Israelis supporting a continuation of military action to stop the attacks and a fall in support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party ahead of a general election scheduled for January 22.