Hamas arrested seven Palestinians who fired rockets into Israel from Gaza in violation of June's truce. These were the first such arrests made by the group.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group, said Hamas men pursued three of its its members after the attack and "abducted them" in Jabalya refugee camp.
No one was hurt in the strike with two rockets on southern
Four more men were arrested as they tried to fire rockets at
"We demand their immediate release," said Abu Qusai, a brigades spokesman.
Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said: "We stress that all parties should maintain the national agreement that was reached with a consensus."
Hamas, which seized control of the
Al-Aqsa said it launched the rockets in retaliation for the Israeli army's killing of an unarmed member of the group as he tried to cross a border fence into
An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers shot the man after he ignored their calls to stop and only saw later that he had been unarmed.
The ceasefire deal calls on Hamas to prevent cross-border rocket fire and attacks from the Gaza Strip, and for
"If a total cessation of fire from
"There is not enough fuel, not enough food, there is not enough of anything," John Ging, an official with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that aids refugees, said in
Although Israel has responded to cross-border rocket fire by frequently shutting Gaza's crossings, records compiled by Western officials show up to a 44 percent increase in goods imports in recent weeks, including a 30 percent rise in fuel.
In the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad visited
Speaking to shop owners inside a mall
"Shopkeepers are invited to open their stores and ignore the Israeli decision," he added.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh accused Palestinian Authority officials of backing the Israeli operations.
Date created : 2008-07-11