Cease-fire by militants in Gaza after 7 die

Smoke trails from a rocket fired by Palestinian militants flying over the Gaza Strip in this picture taken on February 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 25 February 2020

Cease-fire by militants in Gaza after 7 die

  • There was no word of casualties, but the second day of violence threatened to unleash a new round of hostilities
  • ‘If you don’t shoot them, we will shoot you. I’m talking about a war’

GAZA CITY: Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza declared a unilateral cease-fire with Israel on Monday after two days of violence in which at least seven people died.

The flare-up began on Sunday morning when a militant was killed along the Gaza-Israel border while trying to plant an explosive device at the fence.

Israel removed the man’s body with a bulldozer, and video footage of the removal posted online caused widespread anger.

Islamic Jihad launched more than 60 rockets and mortars in response, and Israel struck back against targets in Gaza and Syria. Two Islamic Jihad fighters and four other Iran-backed militants were killed in airstrikes near Damascus. 

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The militants responded on Monday with more rocket fire from Gaza, forcing the closure of schools and roads in southern Israel.

Islamic Jihad said on Monday night that it had “ended itsmilitary response to the two assassination crimes in Khan Yunis and Damascus.”

“Any act of resistance is a legitimate response as long as the enemy’s aggression continues,” spokesman Musab Buraim said.

The militants’ actions were limited, analysts told Arab News. Palestinian factions, especially Islamic Jihad, were not seeking major escalation, said columnist Mustafa Ibrahim.

“The escalation came in response to dragging the body of the Palestinian fighter,” he said. “If the Israeli army had not done this, the event could have passed without
a response.”


Abu Dhabi extends ban on events, wedding parties

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Abu Dhabi extends ban on events, wedding parties

  • Abu Dhabi has announced on March 19 the temporary suspension of all events, nightclubs and wedding parties

DUBAI: Bans on all events and wedding parties in Abu Dhabi will be extended until further notice, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.

Abu Dhabi has also extended the suspension of tour services and activities linked to sea cruises, desert camps and safaris as well as floating restaurants until further notice.

Abu Dhabi has announced on March 19 the temporary suspension of all events, nightclubs and wedding parties, as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Routine checks and inspections will be carried out in all hotel and tourism facilities, nightclubs and floating restaurants, the government said. Those who violate the instructions will be subject to legal measures.

The UAE announced 240 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,264.

The health ministry also announced the death of a 51-year-old Asian man who had underlying health problems, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to nine.