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Gazans cautious through Eid calm as Palestinian killed late Sunday
Published Monday 28/07/2014 (updated) 29/07/2014 10:50
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Palestinian women struggle to take in the destruction in the Beit
Hanoun area of Gaza during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014
(AFP Marco Longari)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Gaza remained cautious on the first day of Eid al-Fitr Monday after Israeli shelling on southern Gaza the night before killed a Palestinian and injured another.

Hussein Hassan Abu al-Naja, 65, was killed and another Palestinian was critically injured late Sunday as Israeli forces shelled eastern Khan Younis, said Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Additionally, Imad Jamil al-Abed al-Bardawil, 44, succumbed to wounds he sustained days ago during Israeli airstrikes, al-Qidra said.

A total of 16 Palestinians were killed on Sunday.

Although violence in Gaza has considerably lightened since Saturday, when both sides honored a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire, an extension of the truce failed to materialize Sunday. Gaza factions initially refused to extend the ceasefire, then belatedly accepted, but neither side stopped firing and Israel later refused to renew the truce.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel's refusal to officially accept a ceasefire on Eid demonstrated "disregard for Muslims' feelings and prayers."

"The current relative calm is not a result of any deal," Gaza interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzm said in a statement, urging Palestinians to be cautious while celebrating Eid.

Many Palestinians are expected to take advantage of the quiet period to bury their dead at noon on Monday.

A Ma'an reporter noted that instead of opening their houses to accept guests to celebrate Eid, Palestinians would be accepting visitors paying condolences.

"What Eid is there when children are being killed every day?" asked 15-year-old Majd Yassin.

In the center of Gaza City, a few hundred men, women and children arrived for early-morning prayers at the Al-Omari mosque, bowing and solemnly whispering their worship before swiftly dispersing.

Instead going on to relatives' houses to feast and celebrate, some went straight home, and while others went to local cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead.

"After the destruction and war we've seen here, there's no Eid for us now," said 44-year-old man who gave his name only as Issa.

"We pray, honor our dead, and then go home."

Some 1,035 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of Israel's offensive on Gaza, according to al-Qidra's numbers.

He says 236 of them are children, 93 off them women, and 47 of them elderly. Rights groups estimate 80 percent of the dead are civilians.

An additional 6,233 Palestinians have been injured, al-Qidra says.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
28/07/2014 17:52
HOW DARE YOU Obama&Congress,allow Zionist Israel to commit another 9/11 on trapped Gaza! How hypocrtical can you be,shouting to the world about a'War on terror'yet totally ignore Israel's own ZIONIST TERRORISM on Palestine &GAZA!You send our troops to fight a "War on(Muslims)terror",yet JEWISH-ZIONIST terror is just FINE AND DANDY!? Look at Gaza(again),it's another 9/11,courtesy of Zionist Israel,the AQ of Jews! You Absolutist hypocrites in D.C. with your faux 'Freedoms' cr*p! U shame our USA!

2 ) Aviv / Israel
28/07/2014 21:32
Today, Again , Israel tried to implement a cease fire. Hamas refused and dragged his own people to another round of violence. Also today, Hamas killed it's own people by trying to launch a missile to Tel Aviv area but hitting an hospital. Israel continue to protect it's own people and warning civilians in gaza strip. but hamas, he would be it's own civilians in the line of fire (Today incident in the hospital is a perfect example). If you need more explanations and facts that you are missing whe

3 ) Randi / NJ
29/07/2014 09:12
what coast you on Mel? as for the Prez? He wants this to stop. we chat almost daily sometimes and he's not thrilled. can't stop them. problem? the IDF runs Israel. Ben was military. the leaders who weren't? still let itt be backwards. Th military serves at the pleasure of. not? the Military is = to the leader.
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