Gaza crowds surge at Israel border fence, 1 dead
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — 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.
The truce, which calls for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, came after eight days of cross-border fighting, the bloodiest between Israel and Hamas in four years. On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians approached Israel’s border fence in several locations in southern Gaza. In the past, Israel’s military barred Palestinians from getting close to the fence, and soldiers routinely opened fire on violators to enforce a 300-meter-wide no-go zone meant to prevent infiltrations into Israel.
Israel arrests 55 militants in West Bank: army
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Israeli troops arrested 55 Palestinian “terror operatives” across the West Bank overnight, hours after a truce came into effect in the Gaza Strip, the army said Thursday. “A total of 55 terror operatives, who are affiliated with different terror groups have been detained. Among those arrested were a number of senior level operatives,” a statement said, with Israeli public radio saying it included members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It said the swoop was related to “recent terrorist and violent activity” in the West Bank, which has seen days of widespread protests and clashes over Israel’s relentless bombing campaign targeting militants in the Gaza Strip.