zondag 25 november 2012

Israel versoepelt grenscontrole Gaza na staakt-het-vuren

 
 Operation Pillar of Defense claimed the lives of 156 Palestinians, including 34 children.

Ynet kopieert hier de suggestieve berichtgeving in Nederland, lijkt het wel. Elders heb ik gelezen dat van de 166 Palestijnse doden er 120 ‘engaged in terrorist activity’ waren.

Verder lijkt dit wel een evenwichtig artikel, dat Palestijnse bronnen aanhaalt die melden dat Israel de bufferzone niet meer afdwingt en de Gazaanse vissers meer ruimte geeft op zee. Dat lijken me goede zaken, vooral dat laatste, maar het volgende is dan weer minder positief:

Meanwhile, Hamas' Deputy Politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzook said Hamas won't stop making weapons in Gaza or smuggling them to the territory.

"These weapons protected us and there is no way to stop obtaining and manufacturing them," he said in an interview at his office on the outskirts of Cairo.

 

Een belangrijke reden ovor de blokkade en strenge grenscontroles is nou juist deze wapensmokkel, en ik was dan ook verbaasd dat Israel in het staakt het vuren akkoord is gegaan met versoepeling van de restricties zonder dat daar hardere actie tegen de wapensmokkel tegenover staat. Dit lijkt het beeld van een Hamas overwinning wel een beetje te bevestigen, al moet een en ander nog verder uit onderhandeld worden. Israel heeft zijn rust gekregen, maar op deze manier is het natuurlijk slechts een kwestie van tijd voordat de volgende escalatie losbarst. 

 

RP

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Israel eases Gaza border restrictions after truce

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4311048,00.html  

 

State officials confirm Israel started to ease restrictions on civilians; sailing limit for fishermen extended. Farmers allowed to visit land near security fence. Hamas' Marzook says group won't stop smuggling weaons into Strip

Attila Somfalvi, AP

Published:

11.24.12, 17:06 / Israel News

 

Israeli state officials on Saturday confirmed that Israel has started introducing easements for civilians in Gaza in accordance with the ceasefire understandings.

Meanwhile, Hamas' Deputy Politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzook said Hamas won't stop making weapons in Gaza or smuggling them to the territory.

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A cease-fire has held so far, and Abu Marzook told AP that more indirect talks between Israel and Hamas are set for Monday.

"These weapons protected us and there is no way to stop obtaining and manufacturing them," he said in an interview at his office on the outskirts of Cairo.

Gaza residents said Saturday that Israel has eased some border restrictions, allowing farmers to visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen head further out to sea.


As part of the deal, Israel and Hamas are now to negotiate a further easing of the Gaza border blockade, first imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.

The truce is to lead to a new border deal for Gaza, with Egypt hosting indirect talks between Israel and Hamas. Israel has shunned Hamas as a terrorist group and refuses to negotiate with it directly.


On Saturday, fishermen were able to sail six nautical miles out to sea, or double the previous limit, said Mahfouz Kabariti, head of the local fishermen's association. He said several fishermen already made the journey Saturday.

"This is an opportunity and a chance for a better catch, though it is still a limited area," said Kabariti, who represents some 3,500 fishermen. Israeli state officials confirmed that the sailing limit had indeed been doubled.


Meanwhile, some Gaza residents said they were able to enter an Israeli-enforced buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border Saturday with Israel without fear of being fired on.

Israel's military carved out a 300-meter-wide zone several years to try to prevent militants from sneaking into Israel. 

 

On Saturday, 42-year-old farmer Nidal Abu Dakka said soldiers stood and watched as he and others moved close to the fence.

Abu Dakka, speaking by phone, said he was inspecting his land, some 60 meters from the border, and planned to plant wheat and barley soon.

In other border areas, residents said Hamas police kept them away from the fence. 

 

A defense official said the IDF was no longer enforcing the no-go zone, but reserved the right to act against suspicious people.

Also Saturday, tens of thousands of Gaza children returned to school for the first time since fighting ended late Wednesday.

In 245 UN-run schools, the day was dedicated to letting children share what they experienced, in hopes of helping them deal with trauma, educators said.

Operation Pillar of Defense claimed the lives of 156 Palestinians, including 34 children. 

 

Elior Levy contributed to this report

 

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