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FACTBOX-Israel, Palestinians trade blame for truce violations
26 Jun 2008 15:31:32 GMT
Source: Reuters
(Corrects date in paragraph 2)

June 26 (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip traded blame for violating a week-old ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

Since the truce started on June 19, Israeli forces have opened fire in the Gaza Strip at least eight times, wounding two people, according to U.N. sources.

Palestinian militants fired rockets and mortars into southern Israel at least three times, causing no casualties, according to the Israeli army. Israel responded by keeping its border crossings with the Gaza Strip closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Below are the incidents:

June 20

- Israeli army troops near the border east of the southern Gaza town of Rafah opened fire towards Palestinian farmers working in al-Amoor, according to U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

- Israeli troops east of el-Maghazi camp opened fire towards Palestinian farmers, according to U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

- Israeli marine vessels fired towards Palestinian fishermen west of Beit Lahiya, according U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

June 21

- Israeli marine vessels opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats west of Beit Lahiya, according to U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

- Israeli troops at the border north east of the el-Maghazi camp opened fire towards Palestinian farmers, according to U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

June 23

- Palestinians fired a mortar shell into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli army. No one hurt.

- Israeli troops near the border north-west of Beit Lahiya opened fire at a group of people collecting wood, seriously wounding a 70-year-old man, according to U.N. sources.

June 24

- Islamic Jihad militants fired rockets into southern Israel, the militant group and the Israeli army said. No casualties. The rocket fire followed Israel's killing of two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, an area not covered by the ceasefire.

June 25

- Israeli troops east of Rafah opened fire toward farmers, according U.N. sources. No injuries reported.

June 25

- Israeli troops stationed near Khan Younis opened fire towards Palestinian farmers. An 82-year-old farmer was seriously injured, according to U.N. sources.

June 26

- Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, fired one rocket into southern Israel, the group and the Israeli army said. (Reporting by Adam Entous; edited by Richard Meares)
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