Israel warns Hamas, Palestinians demand victory in ceasefire
After the ceasefire took effect in the recent Gaza war, the Palestinians gathered at a gathering of thousands early Friday, and many saw it as a costly but obvious victory paid by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Israel vowed to respond with “new force” to any further hostilities.
The 11-day war killed more than 200 people, most of whom were Palestinians, and caused extensive damage to the already impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. However, many Palestinians believe that the rocket barrage that has paralyzed most of Israel is a bold response to Israel’s abuse in Jerusalem, the emotional hub of the conflict.
The truce faces early testing on Friday, when thousands of Palestinians attended prayers every week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is part of the Holy Land in the Old City of Jerusalem and is respected by Muslims and Jews. Subsequently, thousands of people participated in a celebration parade, waving the flags of Palestine and Hamas, and cheering for Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned of any further attacks. He said: “If Hamas thinks we will tolerate light rain, it is wrong.” He vowed to use “new power” to deal with any aggression anywhere in Israel .
The ceasefire was held at 2 am, and thousands of people took to the streets of Gaza. Young people waved Palestine and Hamas flags, distributed candies, honked horns, and set off fireworks. Spontaneous celebrations also broke out in East Jerusalem and throughout the occupied West Bank.
The open-air market in Gaza City, which was closed during the war, reopened, and shoppers can be seen stocking up on fresh tomatoes, cabbage and watermelons. Workers in orange traffic vests swept away rubble from the surrounding roads.
Shop owner Ashraf Abu Mohammad said: “Life will come back because this is not the first war, and it will not be the last war.” “Heart is in pain, disaster has occurred, family Being erased by the civil register makes us sad. But this is our destiny on this land. Be patient.”
“There is so much destruction here”
In the hard-hit northern town of Beit Hanoun, there is nothing to celebrate. Many of the residents there have lost their loved ones and they investigated the wreckage of their houses there.
Azhar Nsair said: “We have seen such a huge destruction here. This is the first time we have seen such destruction in history.” “The ceasefire is for those who have not suffered pain, lost loved ones, and their houses have not been blown up. of.”
Netanyahu’s mood in Israel is even more gloomy. Netanyahu was angry at his right-wing base, believing that he stopped the war prematurely.
Just like the previous war between the three enemies, the latest round of battle was ultimately fruitless. Israel claimed to have caused hundreds of contusions to Hamas and caused heavy losses, but again it was unable to stop the rocket.
Although the war has brought painful costs to countless Palestinian families who lost their loved ones, houses and businesses, Hamas also claimed to have won. Now it faces a daunting challenge, which is to rebuild in an area that has suffered from high unemployment and the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, at least 243 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1,910 were injured. The Ministry did not divide these numbers into combatants and civilians. Twelve people were killed in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.
In Gaza, rescuers are still recovering bodies from inaccessible areas in the danger zone. The Red Crescent Emergency Services said five bodies were recovered in the southern town of Khan Younis on Friday, including the body of a three-year-old child.
The fighting began on May 10, when Hamas militants in Gaza fired long-range rockets into Jerusalem. This barrage occurred after several days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in Al-Aqsa. Severe police tactics in the compound and threats by Jewish settlers to expel dozens of Palestinian families have exacerbated tensions.
The contentious claim to Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which has triggered violent conflicts many times in the past.
Visit the area in the blink of an eye
After the United States urged Israel to end its offensive, the ceasefire was facilitated by neighboring Egypt. Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted the proposal late on Thursday, while stressing that “the reality on the ground will determine the future of the battle.”
The U.S. State Department said that U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken plans to visit the region in the next few days to “discuss restoration work and work together to create a better future for Israelis and Palestinians.”
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Throughout the battle, Hamas and other militant groups fired more than 4,000 rockets into Israel and fired projectiles from civilian areas in Israeli cities. Dozens of projectiles flew north, as far as Tel Aviv, the prosperous commercial capital of the country.
At the same time, Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes against Hamas’ military infrastructure, including a huge network of tunnels.
The United States, Israel’s closest and most important ally, initially supported Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rockets. However, as the fighting progressed and the death toll increased, the Americans increasingly put pressure on Israel to stop the offensive.
Netanyahu faces criticism from hawkish base
In Washington, Biden welcomed the ceasefire. He said that the United States is committed to helping Israel replenish its supply of interceptor bombs and is committed to working with the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority (not Hamas) to provide humanitarian assistance to Gaza.
Netanyahu was severely criticized by members of the hawkish nationalist base. Gideon Saar, a former ally, now leads a small party opposed to the prime minister, calling the ceasefire “embarrassing.” Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of the far-right Jewish party, tweeted that the ceasefire is a “serious surrender to terrorism and Hamas orders.”
Palestinian militants claim that Netanyahu has agreed to stop further Israeli actions in the Al Aqsa mosque and cancel the planned deportation of Palestinians in the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. May cause destructive development.
An Egyptian official said that only “the tension in Jerusalem will be resolved.” He declined to be named because he was discussing behind-the-scenes negotiations but did not provide any details.
Both Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihadist armed groups seem to have suffered heavy losses. The two groups said they had at least 20 fighters killed, while Israel said the number was at least 160 and possibly even higher.
During a coronavirus outbreak, about 58,000 Palestinians were looking for shelter in a crowded United Nations school. After the ceasefire was reached, thousands of people returned home.
Since the beginning of the fighting, Gaza’s infrastructure has been weakened by a 14-year blockade and has deteriorated rapidly. Air strikes have damaged schools and medical centers.
In the territory, medical supplies, water and electricity are insufficient. After Hamas seized electricity from the Palestinian Authority in 2007, Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on it. Since then, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ruled the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has limited influence in Gaza.