Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza’s border fence with Israel on Friday, a Gaza health official said, reporting the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold a day before.
The truce came after eight days of cross-border fighting, the bloodiest battle between Israel and Hamas in four years.
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has urged militant factions to respect the ceasefire.
The man killed on Friday was part of a group of people who approached Israel’s border fence with Gaza to pick up parts of an Israeli Army jeep damaged in the fighting, said Gaza health official Adnan Abu Salmia. He said soldiers opened fire, killing one man and wounding nine.
Israel’s military, citing a preliminary investigation, said there have been isolated attempts to infiltrate Israel from Gaza, and that warning shots were fired in the air when the group approached on Friday. The military said there was unrest along the border but did not elaborate.
Egypt to hold new talks on blockade
In Cairo, Egypt was set to hold separate talks on Friday with Israeli and Hamas envoys on the next phase of the ceasefire a new border deal for blockaded Gaza. Hamas demands a lifting of all border restrictions, while Israel insists that Hamas must halt weapons smuggling to the territory.
In Israel, a poll showed that about half of Israelis think their government should have continued its military offensive against Hamas.
The independent Maagar Mohot poll released on Friday shows 49 per cent of respondents feel Israel should have kept going after squads that fire rockets into Israel. Read details.