Thousands of Gazans took to the streets on Friday to mark a ceasefire that ended the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group.
As a sign of the escalating violence, Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinian youths around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, where thousands of people had gathered. Police said they responded to “insurgents” who were throwing rocks, which led to the arrest of 16 suspects.
The mood in Gaza was uneasy and festive, as the Israeli bombing of a densely populated area of 2 million people ended. Families took to the streets for the first time in days, with some waving Palestinian flags as cars blew horns.
But the scale of the devastation cast a cloud. “I did not look around to ask who won this war. “When I looked around, I saw only death and destruction,” said Ahmed Abed Rabbo, a 29-year-old unemployed man from Ghazni. “It does not matter to me whether Israel wins or Hamas wins, no one will change the situation here, where my children only see death.”
The Israeli “Hamas” conflict erupted on May 10 after the Islamist movement controlling the Gaza Strip fired rockets into the depths of the Jewish state after weeks of tensions around Jerusalem. Israel has responded to its heaviest attack on Hamas in seven years.
At least 243 Palestinians, including 104 women and children, have been killed in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials. Twelve Israelis, including two children, were killed before a ceasefire proposed by the Egyptians at 2 a.m. Friday.
Both sides warned each other to succeed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday warned of further attacks, saying “if Hamas thinks we will tolerate a drop of missiles, it is wrong.” He promised to respond “with a new level of force” against any aggression anywhere in Israel.
Reuters reports that an official of the militant group warned that it was “his hand in the trigger”, calling on Israel to stop the violence in Jerusalem and to eliminate the widespread damage in Gaza.
The ceasefire took place after that The United States intensified the pressure On Israel to end the bombing of Gaza. The ceasefire is in the interests of both Israel and Hamas.
“The ceasefire is not surprising given that neither side is winning the ongoing battle,” he said. “The Israelis have not had a good week in terms of PR. Hamas is really not achieving anything at the moment. There are no more complaints inside Israel. The benefits of their initial escalation are worn out. In terms of infrastructure, they are suffering.”
Israeli warplanes and artillery bombed Gaza for more than a week, targeting Hamas militants but inflicting heavy casualties.
The Israeli Defense Forces have announced that they are launching operations against thousands of Hamas military targets, adding that they are trying to minimize the number of civilian casualties. “The military operation was very decisive. “Hamas took years,” said the Israeli officer. “We took them out for research, development, production capacity, military experts. The process of their reconstruction is very complicated. “
Hamas, which fought three wars with Israel from 2009 to 2014, fired more than 4,000 rockets at all Israeli cities.
The conflict also broke out community riots Among the “Jewish” Arab Israelis with a minority, which is rare for unsettled political leaders in Israel, the wider community, and the riots on the West Bank.
As part of the ceasefire talks, a regional official said Hamas wanted to stop the expulsion of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Arrrah district of Jerusalem, which is a step in the right direction. helped trigger Violence near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. և facilitate aid և delivery of reconstruction materials to Gaza. The mosque is located in a complex known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif or a noble shrine, and to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is sacred to both religions.