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Gazans receive Eid al-Fitr with caution amid pale atmosphere

(Xinhua)

08:51, September 01, 2011

GAZA, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Residents of the Islamic Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip celebrated on Tuesday and Wednesday the Eid al-Fitr holiday in a depressive atmosphere after rounds of bloody violence with Israel, which still keeps an blockade on the coastal enclave.

Gaza residents, individuals and groups, started the first day of the Eid on Tuesday with prayers in the mosques, and then exchanged visits and congratulations, while fearing that fresh round of violence might be renewed.

Over the last ten days, about 26 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in intensive Israeli army air raids on Gaza Strip militants who fired barrages of projectiles and homemade rockets from the enclave at southern Israel, leaving at least two Israelis killed.

In a bid to put an end to the violence between the two sides, Egypt had sponsored a lull agreement between the Palestinian factions and militant groups and Israel. However, no one guarantees the lull last for a long time.

Israeli official sources said Tuesday that the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has instructed his army to be on alert, mainly in areas closed to the borders between Israel and the Gaza Strip, in case Gaza militant groups resume firing rockets at southern Israeli communities.

Nevertheless, the enclave's residents tried to enjoy the holiday by exchanging congratulations, and children and teenagers with their families went to parks and fairgrounds in cities and towns for entertainment.

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