Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza Despite Latest Flare-Up
Gazans celebrate as Israel and Hamas commit to truce. (November 23, 2012)
The soldiers opened fire when farmers were trying to reach their land near Israeli-Gaza border, Hamas officials said.
But the Israel Defense Forces said the people were rioters who attempted to breach a fence dividing Israel and Gaza.
It was the first report of a fatality since Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire, forged by high-powered international diplomacy after eight days of round-the-clock warfare.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and his government spearheaded the truce.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also used their influence to stop the fighting.
U.S. President Barack Obama dialed up the main players to help seal the cease-fire deal.
It's too soon to tell whether the latest flareup will unravel the ice-cold breather between Israel and Hamas.
Twenty-one-year-old Anwar Qandeeh died in the confrontation Friday morning, said Hamas Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.
Nineteen others were wounded and were taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, al-Qidra said.
The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately confirm a casualty, telling CNN it was looking into the report.
The IDF said a group of about 300 Palestinians attempted to enter Israel at several locations along the Gaza border.
The IDF maintains its soldiers acted according to the rules of engagement to distance rioters from the fence that separates Israel and Gaza.
Fighting also was recorded Thursday, a day after the cease-fire was declared.
Six Palestinians were injured when they got near the border fence in the same area where the Friday violence occurred, al-Qidra said.
The IDF said three rockets had been launched from Gaza into Israel. Two of the three landed in open areas, and Israel's defense system intercepted the third.
Israel also announced the arrest of West Bank Palestinians and an Arab-Israeli in connection with the bombing of a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday in Tel Aviv.
The next stage of the cease-fire agreement would be to consider opening the border crossings to facilitate movements of people and goods.
Hamas representatives told CNN Friday they are going to have meetings with Egyptian intelligence to discuss the opening of border crossings and the easing of Israel's stiff economic blockade in Gaza -- strictures Israel says it put in place to keep Iranian weapons out of the hands of Gaza militants.