Israel kills Palestinian in Gaza Strip despite ceasefire

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical workers said.

Israel kills Palestinian in Gaza Strip despite ceasefire
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical workers said.

The killing occurred near the Gazan town of Khan Younis, the workers said, identifying the man as a civilian.

He was the first fatality on either side of the frontier since Israel halted its 22-day-old Gaza offensive at 2 a.m. (0000 GMT), killing 1200 Palestinians with a quarter of children.

However, on Sunday morning rockets were fired into Israel and Palestinian fighters were engaged in a gunfight with Israeli soldiers in Jabaliya.

Israel on Saturday announces "unilateral ceasefire", but said would not withdraw its troops from Gaza.

Hamas said it would continue to resist as long as Israeli troops remain inside the Strip.

They also maintained their pre-war demand that Israel ends its crippling 18-month blockade to allow for the free-flow of goods into the Palestinian territory.

The unilateral truce allows Israel to avoid agreeing concessions with the Palestinian group, such as easing the 18-month-old blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has prevented medical aid and basic supplies from reaching the Palestinians.



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