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Cautious optimism, frustration on day two of Gaza ceasefire

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:48

Gaza residents say they're hopeful about the latest ceasefire with Israel while Israelis ponder the effectiveness of the seven week war. Deborah Gembara reports.

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It's an uneasy peace. Day two of a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians saw locals in Gaza venturing out on the streets, trying to restart lives stalled by seven weeks of fighting. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF KHAN YOUNIS, RAMI ABU AWWAD, SAYING: "I don't know what to do. I do not know where to go. I put some of things at a friend's house, but I do not have house. I don't know where to go, I have ten children and I don't know where I should go." For locals, the reopening of borders, particularly, the Rafah crossing into Egypt is an encouraging sign. Still many in Gaza which bore the brunt of the damage and casualties, more than 2,100 according to local officials, are cautiously optimistic. SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TRAVELLER, AHMED AL-HATTAB, SAYING: "We can't trust Israel's agreements, but we hope the truce will last." Israelis living across the border have mixed feelings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BETH HAVA, JERUSALEM RESIDENT, SAYING: "If the ceasefire works so that really there is quiet and Hamas is not able to re-arm themselves and something is put in place so that they are demilitarized, then I think it's a good thing. I think everybody is tired and needs a rest and needs to get back to a normal life. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DORON HERSHKOVITZ, JERUSALEM RESIDENT, SAYING: "The whole operation didn't solve anything. We are back exactly where we were before. It's my opinion that as long as they don't want peace we are not going to have peace." (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) NISIM PUR MOSHE, RESIDENT OF ASHKELON, SAYING: "I mourn the 70 dead Israelis, who were killed in vain. I'm ashamed that my government gave in, raised a white flag and surrendered to a group of terrorists that don't have planes, tanks or an organized army, who taught the Israeli government a lesson. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fire from members of his coalition government over a costly war in which there was no clear winner.

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Cautious optimism, frustration on day two of Gaza ceasefire

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:48