A tenuous, Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has expired as scheduled a day after the Islamist faction, which controls the Gaza Strip, announced that it would not renew the agreement.
After freezing money transfers to Gaza for more than a month, Israel has finally authorised the transfer of some 20 million euros. But with the embargo halting the flow of goods into the Strip, the cash is siphoned off to Egypt by secret channels.
Hamas supporters turned out in the tens of thousands to mark the movement's 21st anniversary. The Palestinian Islamist movement, which controls Gaza, said it was unlikely to renew a truce with Israel when it expires later this week.
Cycling helmets have been distributed as hundreds of Jewish settlers defying an Israeli High Court evacuation order in the flashpoint city of Hebron braced for a possible confrontation with the police.
Israel allowed 33 truckloads of supplies into Gaza for the first time in two weeks, then resealed border crossings citing continued rocket fire at its towns. Earlier, Oxfam had warned of a 'humanitarian disaster' in Gaza if the blockade remained.