Israeli troops violating Gaza ceasefire: Palestinian officials
The Palestinian Interior Ministry says Israeli forces violated the five-day truce on Friday. Israeli troops reportedly opened fire on several houses located in the east of the town of Khan Yunis.
According to a Palestinian Interior Ministry official, Israel had also launched four airstrikes into Gaza about 30 minutes after an existing 72-hour truce had been extended for five more days, late Wednesday.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum has recently said Israel had committed a “gross breach” of ceasefire, warning Tel Aviv that it would suffer consequences.
This comes as talks of a long-term ceasefire between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are being held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Earlier, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and other senior officials have said that a long-term ceasefire agreement with Israel would not be reached unless Gaza’s seven-year blockade was lifted.
The developments come as the Palestinian death figure from more than a month of war on Gaza has risen to 1,980, while a fragile truce persists between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.
Some reports say the critics of war on Gaza are facing an escalating wave of harassment and intimidation inside Israel.
Some Israelis who have criticized the war, even on their Facebook pages, complained of being ostracized, suspended from their jobs or even being fired.
On Friday, Israeli newspaper Haaretz warned of a “witch hunt” against Israeli civil rights organizations after Sar-Shalom Jerbi, the director of the national service administration, blacklisted rights group B’Tselem for its criticism of the Gaza war.
Jerbi accused B’Tselem of disseminating lies, jeopardizing the regime and publishing information that emboldens Israel’s enemies and incites anti-Zionist sensations across the globe.
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