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Gaza fighting eases as Muslims mark Eid

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:31

A 24 hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid has done little to ease tensions between Israelis and Palestinians after three weeks of conflict in the Gaza Strip. The fighting has eased but there's still no sign of a permanent ceasefire. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Eid is one of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar. But with prayer comes sorrow and after 21 days of conflict, some Jerusalem residents say there is little to celebrate. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, MUNTHER KISWANI, SAYING: "This holiday comes and the occupation's army has started to attack our brethren in the Gaza Strip. We lack a lot of joy during this holiday." But at least the fighting has eased, with a 24 hour truce to mark the holiday. Even so, the funerals for dead Palestinians continue. And the tension remains high. The Israeli military says it struck two rocket launchers and a weapon manufacturing site in Gaza. And Israel's sirens warned of incoming rockets close to the border. Leaflets rained on Gaza -- listing names of militants the Israeli military says have been killed in battle: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LOAY HAMAD, GAZA RESIDENT, SAYING: "It's nonsense. They're trying to scare people, but it's not working. This is pitiful, I think, and doesn't mean anything for the people. Nobody is scared from this - not even a child. Let them do what they want." Gazans remain defiant, even though the 21 day conflict has left more than a thousand people dead, most of them Palestinians. International pressure for an end to the assault is increasing, but even during Eid, a durable ceasefire appears to be as as elusive as ever.

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Gaza fighting eases as Muslims mark Eid

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:31