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Truce begins hope to Gaza, Israel


Source: | 01-19-2009 14:55

Special Report:   Israel airstrikes in Gaza

Israeli troops are continuing to withdraw from Gaza after their government, as well as Hamas, called for a halt to the three-week conflict.

Both sides put their best spin on the conflict's seeming conclusion, despite neither side achieving long-term goals. It's clear that noncombatants were the biggest losers.

An Israeli soldier hangs up bullets after crossing into Israel from the Gaza Strip January 18, 2009.(Amir Cohen/Reuters)
An Israeli soldier hangs up bullets after crossing
into Israel from the Gaza Strip January 18, 2009.
(Amir Cohen/Reuters)

Palestinians emerge from hiding, agape at the killing of more than 13-hundred Gazans, and also at the widespread destruction of homes and government infrastructure.

Although there is still no long-term ceasefire agreement, Gazans welcome the week-long halt of attacks by Hamas following Israeli's declaration of a unilateral cease-fire.

Abu Hosni Serafeety, Gaza Resident, said, "The truce is good for people. So people can live and be ready for anything. But Israel hasn't left Gaza. Israeli tanks are still here. The planes are maneuvering, the navy is everyday shooting from the sea. What withdrawal are they talking about?"

Nevertheless, the head of Hamas has claimed a "popular victory" against Israel.

Ismail Haneya, Hamas Leader in Gaza, said, "This victory manifested itself in the enemy's defeat on the political, militarily and moral level. It failed in achieving its goals and in imposing its conditions on our people and our brave resistance."

The Israeli tanks are silent, some soldiers are smiling and analysts say a swift withdrawal of Israeli troops might reduce the likelihood of clashes that could rupture the truce.

The Israeli military is warning that the next few days are critical. It says any Hamas attacks will be met with harsh retaliation.


Editor:Zhang Yun