CNA – Fuel trucks entered Gaza as an Egypt-brokered truce between Israel and militants held yesterday, raising hopes that the intense conflict that left dozens of Palestinians dead has ended.
An AFP journalist at the goods crossing to southern Gaza saw trucks loaded with fuel enter the enclave, ending a severe shortage which had prompted the only power station there to shut down on Saturday.
The arrival of vital supplies follows the start of a ceasefire at 11.30pm local time on Sunday to stem the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war last year devastated the Palestinian coastal territory. Gaza’s Health Ministry said 15 children were among 44 people killed in three days of intense fighting.
Despite a flurry of strikes and rocket attacks in the run-up to the truce, neither side had reported any major violations of the agreement overnight.
The Israeli military said roads would gradually re-open in the border area.
“It was decided to gradually lift the restrictions,” which have seen Israelis living near Gaza remain close to their bomb shelters, the army said.