Minutes before an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire began on Tuesday, Hamas launched a barrage of rockets towards Israel, which it said was in revenge for Israel’s ‘massacre’ in Gaza.
One of the rockets landed in Bethlehem in the West Bank, hitting a Palestinian house. No casualties were reported.
The owner of the house, Elias Jubran, described what happened: “We were at home asleep when we heard a loud explosion that shook all the houses, the windows and other things broke on our three floors and in my brothers’ houses on either side”.
Previous ceasefires in this four week conflict have been broken, but there is hope this one will last.
Residents in Gaza took advantage of the declared truce to go out shopping for food.
One man said: “The truce will allow us to look after our children and get food for them. Everything has been destroyed. No-one could accept the situation we have been in – not Allah, nor any human being whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim. Our children have been killed, our women have been killed. “
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad al-Malki, is visiting the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to push for a war crimes case against Israel.