Monday, Aug. 03
Latest News
  1. Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
  2. Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks
  3. UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
  4. Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
  5. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  6. Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
  7. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  8. Iraqi Kurdistan leadership says PKK should leave
  9. Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
  10. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  11. Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'
  12. Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile
  13. Airport source: Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile
  14. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  15. Iraqis vent rage at power shortages, 'corrupt' leaders
  16. Report: Some 260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes
  17. Iraqi Kurdistan urges Turkey to halt PKK bombardment
  18. Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash
  19. Five Libyan troops killed, 18 missing after 'IS attack'
  20. 'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills 9 in Yemen

Signs of life in Gaza as 72-hour ceasefire goes into effect

Aug. 11, 2014 11:09 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2014 3:16 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Shops opened and traffic returned to the streets on Monday as Gazans took advantage of a 72-hour ceasefire arrangement.

Banks in the besieged territory have scheduled to open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as signs of normal life returned.

Thousands of Gazans who were displaced from border areas such as Shujaiyya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and Rafah began to return to their neighborhoods to check if their homes were still standing, and to salvage their belongings.

Outside a UN-run school, a clutch of cars and donkey carts waited to take some of the refugees back to homes they had fled during the fighting.

"We want to go back to see what happened to our house," said Hikmat Atta, 58, who had piled his family into a small cart and was heading back to his home in the northern town of Beit Lahiya which they had left in the first days of the war.

But with the truce still in its early stages, he was not taking any chances.

"We're just going back for the day, at night we'll come back here," he told AFP.

Rescue and medical services took advantage of the ceasefire to continue the search for dead bodies under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

Gaza's Ministry of Interior urged residents to be on high alert during the ceasefire.

Four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.

The UN says around three quarters of those killed in Gaza were civilians, around a third of them children.

AFP contributed to this report
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015