Israeli gunfire wounded four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, medics said, in an incident that ruptured the calm of a shaky truce achieve after a spasm of cross-border violence earlier this month.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment and there were no reports of any rocket or mortar fire at Israel for which Israel often retaliates with air strikes or ground attacks.
Officials in the Hamas Islamist ruled coastal territory said Israeli forces had fired in the direction of a home in central Gaza after darkness fell.
Medics said later four people including a woman and two minors had been taken to a hospital with slight injuries.
The incident followed a surprise unity deal achieved this week between Hamas and the Fatah movement that dominates in the occupied West Bank, an accord denounced by Israel as an obstacle to peace, citing Hamas’s refusal to recognise the Jewish state.
Nineteen Palestinians in Gaza were killed this month in retaliatory Israeli strikes launched after Hamas claimed responsibility for shooting at an Israeli school bus, critically wounding an Israeli teenager who later died of his injuries.
The fighting died down after United Nations and other officials achieved an unofficial truce about two weeks ago.
(www.trust.org / 28.04.2011)