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Israeli and Palestinian die in first breaches of Gaza ceasefire

Posted by claudiacampli su 27 gennaio, 2009

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The fragile ceasefire in Gaza appeared to be crumbling today as Palestinian militants set off a bomb beside an Israeli patrol on the Gaza border, reportedly killing one soldier.

Palestinian officials also said that Israeli troops afterwards shot and killed a 27-year-old man and wounded two others near the tense border, across which Israeli tanks and troops swarmed this month in a ground invasion of the Hamas-controlled enclave.

The violence came after the end of a week-long ceasefire unilaterally declared by Israel to end three weeks of fighting that left 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

The Israeli military would not comment on Arabic news reports that a soldier was killed but confirmed that a blast targeted a patrol near Kissufim, one of the border crossing it controls.

No Palestinian militant group took responsibility for the attack, the most serious breach of the truce that both sides are trying to firm up in Egyptian-brokered talks in Cairo. Hamas has said it could agree to a year-long ceasefire if Israel ends it 18-month closure of the Gaza crossings. Israel officials have warned of more Palestinian attacks before any longer-term ceasefire is agreed upon.

Following the attack, Palestinians living close to the area said heavy shooting could be heard and reported seeing Israeli attack helicopters hovering in the air. Shortly afterwards, an Israel warplane flew over the strip causing a sonic boom, apparently in warning to the population.

Israel ended its blistering air and ground assault on January 17 with a unilateral ceasefire that was followed by similar announcement from Palestinian militants. However, Hamas has proved in the past to be unable, or unwilling, to completely rein in more extreme groups who have continued to fire at Israeli forces.

And an Israeli gunboat opened fire on the Gaza Strip after the tentative truce came into effect, wounding two girls, while some gunfire has been reported along the border, which Palestinian officials said killed two men they identified as farmers.

Today’s attack was the most serious escalation since the end of hostilities, although the war of words has continued. Two of the leading candidates for next month’s Israeli elections, Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the opposition leader, said toppling Hamas was a strategic goal for them.

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