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article imageIs the Ceasefire Over for Israel and Gaza?

By KJ Mullins     Jan 28, 2009 in Politics
The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza is weakening. New reports of missile strikes from Israel near the Gaza border are surfacing Wednesday.
Gaza's Ramattan news agency has reported three air strikes at the border of Gaza and Israel. Israel has stated that the strikes where targeting tunnels that have been used to smuggle weapons into Gaza at the southern border. Those in Gaza say that because of the blockades turning away aid and supplies for the people the tunnels are needed.
Part of the cease fire agreements were that those tunnels would be shut down so that Hamas fighters could not obtain more weapons to use in attacks. Ehud Barak, the Defense Minister of Israel has canceled going to a meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the United States citing "security incidents in the south."
Barak is blaming Hamas for all "hostile fire" in the area according to a report in Reuters.
"Israel wants the quiet in (southern Israel) to continue, but in response to violent provocations by Hamas, provocations deliberately designed to undermine the quiet, Israel will act to defend herself. If Hamas continues with its violent provocations, the ceasefire will simply not exist," he said.
Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell is due in the area to help shore up the cease fire there. He was due to land on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday he pledged the new administration would vigorously pursue peace and stability in the region. Mitchell is planning on going into Israel and meet with leaders there. There are no plans for Mitchell to meet with Hamas officials.
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