Gaza fishermen take to water again after cease-fire

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2021

Israeli police deployed heavy-handed tactics against Palestinian worshippers in and around Al Aqsa Mosque in the last week of the holy month. Muslims who entered were required to leave their IDs with police at the entrance. "And I send my honest condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded", Biden said.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the site was open for "regular visits" and that police had secured the area to prevent "incidents".

After a night out on the water, fishermen unloaded their bounty of crabs, shrimp and other fish at first light Sunday at Gaza City's al-Mina port, where Hamas police were present to maintain order.

Earlier, Egypt - which mediated the halt to the fighting with United States support - sent a delegation to Israel at around noon on Friday to discuss ways of firming up the ceasefire, including with aid for Palestinians in Gaza, Hamas officials told Reuters.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Another flashpoint in recent days has been a court case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from occupied East Jerusalem homes in Sheikh Jarrah claimed by Jewish settlers. The Israeli government has repeatedly said it has no intention of changing the status quo, under which the Waqf oversees the site under Jordanian custodianship. Hamas and other armed groups launched more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, a lot of them intercepted or landed in open spaces.

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip since May 10 have killed more than 200 Palestinians, rendered thousands homeless and laid waste to buildings and key water and power infrastructure in the blockaded territory.

There is controversy about how many of those killed in Gaza were combatants, and how many were civilians.

He said JI had collected Rs10 million donations in a single day for the affected people of Palestine.

Authorities have begun distributing tents and mattresses in the Gaza Strip, as the United Nations said at least 6,000 people had been made homeless by the bombardment.

The war also may have left hundreds of unexploded munitions across the territory, the ICRC said.

Abbas paid tribute to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for the efforts Egypt has made in the way for de-escalation and the reconstruction of Gaza, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. Work began outside a skyscraper flattened by Israeli fighters in the early days of the airstrikes in Gaza, with workers loading donkey carts and small pickup trucks with rubble.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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