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Gaza truce holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

By AFP - Jul 21,2018 - Last updated at Jul 21,2018

A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment (AFP photo)

Gaza City- A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held Saturday after a wave of deadly strikes across the Palestinian enclave sparked by the death of an Israeli soldier shot near the border.


Israel did not confirm the deal announced by Gaza's rulers Hamas, which went into effect around midnight Friday.
Since then there have been no reports of Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave or of mortar fire from Gaza toward Israel.


"With Egyptian and UN efforts, we reached (an agreement) to return to the previous state of calm between the (Israeli) occupation and the Palestinian factions," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.


He gave no details of the deal.


Israel's army and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office declined to confirm a truce was reached.


"All we can say is that there have been no incidents or Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip since the last wave of airstrikes on Friday night," a military spokeswoman told AFP.


On Friday, three Hamas militants were killed as air raids sent fireballs exploding into the sky over Gaza, while Israel said rockets had been fired back at its territory. A fourth Palestinian was shot dead in protests near the border.


The United Nations urged all sides to step "back from the brink" after months of increasing tensions.


The soldier, shot dead along the border in southern Gaza, was the first to be killed in and around the Palestinian enclave since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.


Friday's flare-up is the latest as demonstrations and clashes on the frontier since March have seen at least 149 Palestinians killed.


The Israeli army said they struck 60 Hamas sites including weapon manufacturing sites, a drone warehouse and a military operations room.


The ceasefire is the second since in a week.


Last weekend saw the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since the 2014 war.

 

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FIRST, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IF THERE ANY SUCH A BODY LEFT SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO THE JORDAN TIMES AND ALJAZEERA FOR BEING THE ONLY NEWS OUTLETTHAT ARE REPORTING THE HONEST FACTS OF THE CATASTROPHIC OF THE PALESTIAN STATE OF AFFAIRS. CYCLICALLY, EVERY WEEK(S) AND MONTHS WE HEAR AND WATCH THESE GAMES OF MOUCE AND CATS GOING ON WITH HUNDREDS OF FATALITIES AND CASUALITIES AND NO REASONABLE OR SENSIBLE ACTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN BY ANY ONE NOT FROM THE PALESTIAN AUTHORITY, THE POLICE MEN OF PEACE PROCESS IN GAZA AND WEST BANK (PALESTIAN). ISRAEL BEARS SOME RESPONSIBLITIES BUT NOT THE MAIN CAUSES OF WHAT WE HAVE ALL BECOME USE TO SEE, NEVER MIND THE USELESS AND TOOTHLESS ORGANIZATION CALLED THE UN. THE ARAB WORLD COHESSION IS FRACTURED AND ONLY KEEPT ALIFE ON THE RESPIRATOR IN COMA. AT THE EPI-CENTER OF ALL THESE IS HAMAS IN GAZA WHO ARE FACTUALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE OR CREATED THESE CHAOS. REMEMBER HOW AND WHY HAMAS CAME TO BE. THEY DID SO ON BALLOT BOX AND NOT AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHICH THE WORLD LINKES THEM TO BE. IN THE PAST, IT USE TO BE ARAFAT WHO WAS REFERED TO AS THE LUCIFER THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHAOS. THE FACT IS THAT IT IS NEITHER ARAFAT, ABU MAZEM OR HAMAS THAT IS/ARE THE BIG ELEPHANT IN THE THEARTER OF OPPERATION. THEY ARE ALL VICTIMS WITH COMMON CAUSE DENOMINATOR THAT THE ARAB WORLD HAS TRADED FOR MONENY, PROTECTION AND AT WORST " THE LIFE-LESS CITIZENS OF AN ENTITY). WE ARE ON IT AGAIN AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN ALLOW THIS CHAOS AND MESS TO CONTINUE NEVER MIND THE ARAB WORLD AND THEIR LEADERS NEXT DOORS FROM EVERY CAMPS THAT ARE SHAMELESS. IRONICALLY THE INSTIGATORS HAVE CONTINUED TO DIVID THE PALESTINIANS INTO TWO CAMPS AND FOR WAHT EVER REASON, THE WEST BANKERS THAT WATCH THEIR CITIZENS BEING LOCKED UP IN AN OPEN JAIL. YES, THE STATE OF ISRAEL HAS THEIR OWN BLOCKADE LIKE EGYPT AND IN FACT JORDAN BECAUSE FOR A BLOCKADE TO BE A BLOCKADE, IT DOES NOT NEED THAT BEAUTIFUL WALLS OR TANKS BUT ONLY A SELECTIVE RESTRICTIONS OF BOARDERS IF THERE IS ANY THING CALLED BOARDERS. MEANWHILE THE SAME POLICE MEN AND THE LEADERS OF THE ARAB WORLD DO CONTRIBUTE AND POURS THEIR PETRO-DOLLARS INTO THE SO-CALLED PEACE KEEPING EFFORTS ALL OVER THE WORLD AS A MEANS OF SALUTING THEIR MASTERS SHAMELESSLY. HOW MUCH TROOPS, TANKS AND MONELY DID THE ARAB WORLD CONTRIBUTED IN IRAQ WAR, SYRIAN WAR, AFGANASTAN, YEMEN, LYBIA WHILE IGNORING THE BLOOD SHEDS AND THE SUFFERING OF THEIR PEOPLE. WAS THE PALESTINIA STATE NOT A NATION BORN FROM THE SUFFERING OF THEIR PEOPLE??.
IRONICALLY, ISRAEL IS NOT THE SOLE CAUSES OF THESE CHAOS. ISRAEL IS ONLY A STATE ACTING FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR CITIZENS AND ARE SUPPORTED BY THEIR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AND SO CAN NOT HOLD THEMSELVES RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS SO WHAT IS NEXT AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?. SEVENTY YEARS AND COUNTING, ANY SO-CALLED PALESTINIAN STATE ARE REFUGEES CAMPS IN JORDAN, SYRIA, LEBENON AND SOME OTHER POCKES OF THE ARAB WORLD. DOES THE ARAB LEADERS HAVE THE POWERS TO END THIS SEVENTY YEARS OF IN-HUMANITY THAT THE WORLD WATCHING, CHEERS AND IGNORE? THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY YES AND THEY CAN DO JUST THAT AT THE BLINK OF EYES BUT REFUSES TO DO IT. I DO REMEMBER THE HISTORY AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SOUTH AFRICA. IT WAS NOT THE ANC OR THE WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS THAT STOPPED IT BUT THE AFRICAN UNION THAT MATCHED TO THE CAPITTALS OF THE WESTERN POWERS AND DEMANDED AN IMMEDATE TO BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA. EVERY NOW AND THEN I READ IN JORDAN TIMES AND WATCH THE CABLE NEWS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ONLY TO SEE AND/OR REACD ABOUT SUB-SAHARAN AFFRICAN, ROHINGYA GENOCIDE, BRIXIT, RUSSIA, SYRIA, AND OTHER WORLD HOT SPOTS BUT RARELY SEE ANY ONE TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF WARS AND ANARCHY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. HOW MANY PALETINIAN LIVES AND FOR HOW MANY YEARS WILL IT TAKE TO BE EQUATED TO OTHER LIFES AND SOLUTIONS TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL CRISES ALL OVER THE WORLD. NEITHER THE ISRALIS NOR THE PALESTIANS ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSES OF THIS MESS. DO ANY PERSON(S) MAKE ANY SENSE OUT OF THIS? FOR THE SAKE OF RECORD, I AM NEITHER A PALESTINIAN OR AN ISRALI BUT A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN WITH HEART, COMPASION, FEELINGS AND RESPECT FOR MAN'S HUMANITY TO MAN LIKE JIMMY CARTER, THE LATE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL AND KING OF JORDAN. CAN WE ALL THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE, OUR CHILDREN AND GRAD CHILDREN THAT WE ARE FERMENTING CHAOS AND BUILDING THESE SOCIETIES THAT WE ARE LEAVING FOR THE FUTURE THAT IS PREGNANT WITH UNDEFIED OUTCOMES. LET US ALL PUT OUR EGOS AND POWERS ASSIDE AND BUILD A WORLD THAT IS FAIR, PEACEFUL RESPECTFUL IRRECPECTIVE OF OUR RACE, ETHNICITY, RELIGION AND THE NUMBER OF WAR-HEADS THAT WE HAVE. STATISTICS HAS PROVEN THAT NO AMOUNT OF FORCE, SUBJUGATION, INTIMIDATION OR FEAR OF UNKNOWN CAN DEFEAT ANY PERSON(S) OR STATES TAHT ARE DETERMINED TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, RIGHTS AND FREEDOM. LET US NOT FORGET THE HISTORY OF BLACK AMERICANS BUT TODAY, WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH EQUALITY AND JUSTICE ENGRAVED IN OUR CONSTITUTION. I PRAY FOR ALL AND HOPE THAT PEACE AND STABILITY WILL COME TO THAT REGION IN MY LIFE TIME.

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