17:48 30-09-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Gaza-Israel Israel and militants from Gaza resumed cross-border attacks on Friday, after a three-day truce expired and talks brokered by Egypt on a new border deal for the blockaded coastal territory hit a deadlock, Time reports.

It was not clear if the renewed fighting would derail the Cairo negotiations, which are aimed at reaching a sustainable truce, or whether the Egyptian mediators can find a way to prevent a further escalation and a return to full-out war.

Militants from Gaza fired first after the temporary truce expired at 8 am, launching 21 rockets toward Israel. Most landed in open fields, but two were intercepted over the coastal city of Ashkelon.

The Israeli military said it responded with strikes “across Gaza.”

In Gaza, police said Israel launched 10 airstrikes, with most of them hitting empty lands and farms but that seven people were hurt. Police also reported fire from Israeli tanks on northern Gaza and from Israeli gunboats at the central area of the strip.

The resumption of violence cast doubt over the Cairo negotiations.

Both Israel and Hamas are under international pressure to reach a deal. As part of such an arrangement, Israel wants to see Hamas disarmed or prevented from re-arming, while Hamas demands Gaza’s borders be opened. No progress was reported in all-night talks that ended before dawn Friday.

Hamas, which has seen its popularity boosted for confronting Israel, entered the Cairo talks from a point of military weakness after losing hundreds of fighters, two-thirds of its rockets arsenal and all of its attack tunnels.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev blamed Gaza militants for breaking the ceasefire.

“The ceasefire is over,” Regev said. “They did that.”

Also, in response to the rocket fire, the Israeli army said it was prohibiting gatherings of more than 1,000 people in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other areas within 80 km of the Gaza border.

The three-day truce came after a month of Israel-Hamas fighting, the third cross-border confrontation in just over five years.

Since then, Israeli strikes on Gaza killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians, wounded more than 9,000, devastated large areas along Gaza’s border with Israel and displaced tens of thousands of people.

Sixty-seven people, all but three of them soldiers, were killed on the Israeli side, and Gaza militants fired thousands of rockets at Israel over the past month.


Twitterfacebookprint
16:01 08.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:35 Greco-Roman wrestler wins fifth medal for Kyrgyzstan at Asian Games17:30 Bishkek chief construction official points to corrupted practices in construction of unauthorized facilities17:28 New Afghan government signs US troops deal17:27 Kindergarten teachers have not receive guaranteed salary supplements over past 5 years – MP17:26 Atyrau forum: Putin, Nazarbayev launch Eurasia project for geological exploration17:18 Parliamentary committee approves amendments to Housing Code barring foreigners from buying residential buildings in Kyrgyzstan17:14 Civil aviation officials discuss open skies, hub at Manas Airport17:02 MP Niyazaliyeva invites Government to abandon introduction of unified school uniform16:58 Issyk-Kul steamship company to improve technical condition of its fleet with budgetary loan16:57 Speaker of Tajik Parliament, Afghan President discuss implementation of regional projects16:51 Atyrau forum: Kazakhstan and Russia sign nuclear power plant construction deal16:39 Culture Days of Uzbekistan take place in Greece16:26 Kyrgyzstani has become world judo champion among seniors16:19 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program and U.S. Embassy warn about possible fraud16:17 Kazakh Senate chairman meets with CIS observation mission's head16:13 Morning exercises haven't been introduced in all schools of Kyrgyzstan – Vice PM Sariyeva16:05 Lower houses of Czech and Kazakh parliaments discuss cooperation issues16:04 President of Turkmenistan takes part in tree planting in Ashgabat16:04 Employees of Kyrgyz Post in Kara-Kul embezzle pensions of older persons for 4 years15:53 Asian Games 2014: Kazakhstan women's volleyball team takes victory over India in play-off
Astana
+9° C
Ashgabat
+28° C
Bishkek
+24° C
Dushanbe
+30° C
Tashkent
+30° C
exchange rates
 
69.11
54.52
8.82
1.38
230.56
181.90
29.58
4.60
6.35
5.00
0.81
0.13
3122.57
2363.47
385.06
61.53
3.61
2.85
0.46
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75