Gazans mingled with hope, fear after calm restored

09:22, January 25, 2011      

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by Omer Othmani, Saud Abu Ramadan

Not far from the borderline between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, Tawfiq Abu Asser, a Gaza farmer, who cultivated around 35-dunum (1 dunum equals 100 square meters) rented land in the area, was joyful after more than one week of calm in the coastal enclave, however, he still feared that Israeli tanks would again raze his land.

Around two weeks ago, Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, reached an agreement with various factions and armed groups in the enclave to halt firing rockets at Israel "in order not to make Israel an easy excuse to wage another destructive war on Gaza."

Abu Asser and other residents in the eastern area of the Gaza Strip showed some relief after Hamas and the factions reached the agreement to halt rockets attacks on Israel, however, despite the ongoing calm near the borders, they expressed to some extent concerns that the situation might blow up again soon.

"My farm was razed by Israeli army tanks and bulldozers during the last Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in late December 2008. I can't believe that it will be completely quiet near the borders and I don't want to see tanks and bulldozers storming our farms and houses again," said Abu Asser.

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