Kashmir residents protest against Gaza violence

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 13:10 hrs

Protesters shouted anti-Israel slogans here on Thursday, and called on the Indian Government to condemn previous Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, where a ceasefire is now in place.

"The motive behind this protest is to put pressure on the Indian Government to break its silence on the bloodshed in Palestine and deems it as atrocities on the people of Palestine. Our country should at least raise it's voice against this attack by Israel," said Ghulam Rasool, one of the protesters.

A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

Quiet reigned on both sides of the frontier overnight and during the morning after a dozen rockets landed in Israel in the initial hours after the truce came into force late on Wednesday. Israeli police said there had been no casualties or damage.

The deal brokered by Egypt's new Islamist government, working with the United States, prevented - at least for the moment - an Israeli invasion of the Palestinian enclave.

Gaza medical officials said 162 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, including 37 children and 11 women, were killed. Nearly 1,400 rockets were fired into Israel, killing four civilians and a soldier, the Israeli military said.

Trust was in short supply. The exile leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said his Islamist movement would respect the truce if Israel did, but would respond to any violations.

If the truce holds, it will give the 1.7 million Gazans respite from days of air strikes and halt rocket salvoes from militants that have unnerved a million people in southern Israel and reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time. (ANI)

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