Rocket fire from the Gaza strip into Sderot and other areas across the border in Israel eased off on Friday following air and artillery strikes on the Palestinian enclave. Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system reportedly brought down one missile, but no aviation was deployed on Friday.
Hamas may be close to getting to agree to a ceasefire as the organisation that has run Gaza for the last seven years says it has approached Egypt to help calm the situation.
But feelings are running high after the burial of a young Palestinian man seemingly murdered in a revenge killing.
“It was our Israeli enemies who started this. Hamas has the right to respond with anything at its disposal. If the enemy thinks he’s going to start with a war he’ll open the gates of suffering,” said one man.
“We believe in our resistance movement Hamas, We believe in God. We can do it. Hamas will win,” said a woman.
Hamas has organised marches to whip up support and show its strength. It was also the occasion to brace Gazans for what may be another dangerous period ahead.