A truce called late Wednesday was called between Israel and Gaza. Since the truce, Israelis have injured 19 and killed one.
Here is a roundup of current news.
The Associated Press reports that “Israeli troops fired Friday to push back Gaza crowds surging toward Israel’s border fence with the Hamas-ruled territory, killing one Palestinian and wounding 19 in the first violence since a truce between Israel and Hamas took hold a day earlier.
Hamas security tried to defuse the situation and keep the crowds away from the border, signaling the incident is unlikely to jeopardize the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.”
Ma’an News reports: “Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused Israel of violating the Egypt-mediated truce and said the group would complain to Cairo. “We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident,” he said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was checking reports of the incident. Witnesses told Ma’an a group of citizens were gathering to perform Friday prayer on their land near the border.”
The Washington Post reports that “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week, his aides said Friday” in response to the soaring popularity of Hamas, which is largely considered as forcing Israel to the table through military retaliation.