´Gaza death toll at 27 after Palestinian boy dies´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 03/14/12)
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A seven-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip has died from
wounds sustained during an IDF strike on terrorist operations in the
coastal territory this past weekend, Gaza news portal Al Resalah
reported, raising the death toll of last weekend´s spasm of violence
between Gaza and Israel to 27.
Birka Salama al-Maghrabi was injured in an Israeli air strike in an
eastern part of Gaza City, the largest city in the Palestinian
While it appeared on Wednesday that both Israel and terrorist groups
in Gaza were respecting an informal, Egyptian-brokered cease-fire
calling for an end to hostilities, the effects of the weekend´s
violence could be felt in towns like Netivot, where a rocket exploded
in a parking lot on Tuesday evening injuring one person.
Netivot municipality head Moshe Mimon said that just over half of the
registered students showed up to class on Wednesday morning,
according to Army Radio, as residents were still spooked by the
rocket attack which smashed shop windows and sent shrapnel flying.
One man, approximately 40 years of age, was lightly injured in the
attack and 11 other local residents suffered from shock.
IAF planes struck two targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday
in response to terrorists in Gaza breaking the tenuous truce with
rocket attacks like the one in Netivot, bringing the cease-fire
further into question.
On Tuesday evening, two rockets landed in the Ashkelon Coast Regional
Council area, marking the first such attacks since midday. No
injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.
The fragile state of calm came after four days of violence in the
South, with over 200 rockets fired from Gaza and 26 Palestinians
killed in IAF strikes, 22 of which were terrorists. The hostilities
began on Friday when the IDF killed two Islamic Jihad terrorists that
Israel charged were plotting a cross-border terror attack from Sinai.
Speaking via video feed from an Iron Dome battery protecting Ashdod
to a New York fundraiser, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz
said that rocket attacks such as the one in Netivot would be met with
Israeli air strikes. "If the fire continues, we will respond as we
did before. We managed to kill 22 terrorists in recent days, and as
of now the terrorists have been decimated."
Gantz´s comments followed similar statements made Tuesday by Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who said that “quiet will bring quiet,”
but warned Israel would strike anybody trying to attack it.
An Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday that both sides
had "agreed to end the current operations," with Israel giving an
unusual undertaking to "stop assassinations," and an overall
agreement "to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm." Yaakov Lappin
contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/14/12)
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