Four dead and over 50 injured in Gaza since the ceasefire agreement

News Created 18/12 2012 at 17:09

On 15 December Joshua Brollier writes for "Voices for Creative nonviolence" about events in Gaza since the ceasefire came into force on 21 November 2012.

According to the agreement, Israel should “refrain from targeting residents in the border areas” and to “stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.” Despite this, since 21 November, four Palestinians have been killed and over 50 injured by Israeli gunfire.

Brollier mentions an example in particular. The 22-year-old Mohammed Qdeih was shot in the arm about 250 meters from the Israeli border when he tried to take care of his plantations near Gaza City. The soldiers first warned Mohammed - who then scared turned around and tried to leave the area - before he was shot from behind from the other side of the border. The firing continued while Mohammed along with other Palestinians fled and waited for an ambulance.

Events such as this seem, in other words, to continue despite the ceasefire agreement.

Israel often argue that since 2005 they are not occupying Gaza. Despite this, almost 35% of the arable land in the Gaza Strip is under Israeli control. They call it "closed military zones". Land previously used for growing olives, fruit, wheat and vegetables.

According to Brollier, since the ceasefire came into force on 21 november, not a single rocket has been fired from Gaza.

Read more about the consequences of the blockade.