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    Israeli Gunfire Kills Palestinian Near Gaza Border

    Palestinians stand close to the fence as an Israeli tank is seen on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip, November 23, 2012.
    Palestinians stand close to the fence as an Israeli tank is seen on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip, November 23, 2012.
    VOA News
    Israeli gunfire at the Gaza Strip border has killed a Palestinian — the first death since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants halted eight days of deadly fighting.
     
    Palestinian medical officials say Anwar Qdeih was shot as he approached the border fence Friday with a group of Palestinians. Several others were wounded in the violence. Reuters news agency quotes a relative of Qdeih as saying he was trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence.



    Israel's military says warning shots were fired in the air when about 300 Palestinians approached the border fence in southern Gaza. The military says after the Palestinians refused to move back, troops fired at their legs. 
     
    The military also says a Palestinian crossed into Israel during the unrest and was returned to Gaza by soldiers.
     
    Hamas accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-mediated truce and said the militant group will contact Egyptian officials to discuss the incident.
     
    The violence comes amid more than a day of quiet skies, after an Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect late Wednesday.
     
    Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, hailed the territory's multiple militant groups for respecting the cease-fire.
     
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government was "giving the truce a chance," but was prepared for its possible collapse.
     
    As a precaution, schools remained closed in southern Israel, where nerves were on edge after a constant rain of rockets during the most serious Israeli-Palestinian fighting in four years.
     
    Egypt is monitoring both sides for violations of the cease-fire agreement. The truce follows several days of intense aerial assaults on both sides of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, leaving more than 160 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.
     
    According to tenets of the truce, border areas from Gaza would be opened, allowing people and goods to move in and out of the territory, if Israel and the Hamas militants who run the Gaza Strip successfully maintained peace for a 24-hour period. According to The Associated Press, "Egypt is hosting separate talks with Israeli and Hamas envoys on ... a new border deal for blockaded Gaza."
     
    The Secretary General of the Palestinian People's Party, Bassam al-Salhi, visited China Friday. He expressed thanks for China's long-standing support of Palestinian statehood.

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    • Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.
    • A Palestinian man reacts as flames and smoke rise from a smuggling tunnel after an Israeli strike along the border between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, November 21, 2012.
    • Israelis look at a blown up bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 21, 2012.
    • Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 21, 2012.
    • Palestinian children stand in rubble after an Israeli strike on a house in Gaza City, November 20, 2012.
    • An Israeli soldier stands on a tank at a staging area near the Israel-Gaza Strip Border, November 20, 2012.
    • A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, November 19, 2012.
    • Smoke and fire rise up from an explosion in Gaza City, November 19, 2012.
    • A Palestinian man waves the national flag during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the city of Ramallah, November 18, 2012.
    • An Israeli police officer gestures in front of a burning car after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
    • Members of the Palestinian Civil Defense help a survivor after he was pulled out from under the rubble of his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, November 18, 2012.
    • An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, November 16, 2012.
    • A Palestinian man kisses the body of one of his children during their funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, November 18, 2012.
    • An Israeli soldier runs with his weapon during a drill simulating a possible ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, at a base south of the West Bank city of Hebron, November 17, 2012.
    "What we need is to make international protection of this truce and international protection for the Palestine people," he said. "We will continue our political efforts to have this membership in the United Nations."
     
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Ying Chun said China welcomed the cease-fire. She urged the international community to make greater efforts for mediation and push Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks for progress.
     
    Hua says China will maintain close communication with parties concerned in efforts to bring peace to the region.
     
    Wednesday's cease-fire agreement was reached amid hours of intense diplomacy involving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
     
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given a tentative approval to the deal.
     
    Israel and Hamas had traded rocket fire for eight days since an Israeli missile killed Hamas's military chief in Gaza City last week. Israel says the attack was in response to months of almost daily rocket fire into southern Israel from Gaza.

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    by: Leta Gada from: Ethiopi
    November 25, 2012 1:13 AM
    God (Allah) is the most compassionate one! People in Gaza(+West Bank) and Israel seem to believe in this. If so, why sweet babies in these two places denied this compassion by rockets and chariots(+drones???)


    by: ronju from: bangladesh
    November 23, 2012 11:48 PM
    Where are Americans and Europeans who talking a lot taking malala, can not see the hundreds of malala are dying every day in Gaza. Shame, Shame......

    by: Haron from: Afghanistan
    November 23, 2012 12:50 PM
    where is Human Rights to halt this killings? where is America and European countries to stop Israel immediately? only there is Human rights watch on Afghanistan to halt the executions. focusing on the problems and mistakes of Afghan government. all of 31 million people support of these executions from foreigners to domestic guilty. they must be hanging. we believe any time when European countries or America focus on their own countries and solve their problems then in Afghanistan there will be real democracy.

    by: NVO from: USA
    November 23, 2012 12:00 PM
    A so called truce brokered by the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, A FANATICAL GROUP. WHOM HATES ISRAEL. WHAT A SHAM!!!!!!!

    by: Barlow
    November 23, 2012 8:32 AM
    The Germans don't shoot the French if one of them approaches their border. The Spanish don't shoot the Italians if one of their citizens approach their border. It's always the occupier, aggressor, and violent Jews who cast the first stone and use it as an excuse for committing genocidal acts in order to fulfill their land stealing agenda. We SEE what's going on. We SEE the truth behind their barbarity. We have chatted with Palestinians during the recent bombings and killings, and we have seen the rabid bloodthirsty violence of the Jewish people calling for violence and the taking of human life. We in the states know the truth.

    by: Brad Naksuthin
    November 23, 2012 8:05 AM
    60 years ago in the United States black people couldn't even eat in the same restaurant as white people. They couldn't live in white neighborhoods, go to white schools, drink from white drinking fountains, sit side by side on the same bus.

    60 years later blacks and whites have learned to work and live together side by side in peace. Even electing a black President.

    Meanwhile in Israel a childish schoolyard feud between Jews and Palestinians has been going on for over 60 years, too.

    Only unlike the blacks and whites, Jews and Palestinians are no closer to living side by side in peace today than they were 60 years ago.

    During those 60 years Apartheid in South Africa i ended; Communists and Capitalists figured out a way to co-exists and cooperate; the IRA ended its bloody war in Ireland; America and Communist Vietnam buried their differences and now share diplomatic and trade relations.

    People across the globe have learned to put aside their differences and beliefs and have learned that there is more to be gained by working together than fighting against each other.

    Only the the Jews and the Palestinians, continue their 60 year old feud of self-righteous hatred and revenge.

    If Jews and Palestinians can't be creative enough to find a way to live in peace...like everyone else...maybe they should be left to bomb each other for another 60 years or until nothing is left in Israel and Gaza but of rubble and dead bodies.

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