GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza residents taking time for
Friday prayers found Israeli naval guns largely silent and a sense
of relief setting in after weeks of fighting.
Gazans filled mosques today without fear of Israeli strikes for
the first time since cease-fires were declared by Israel and Gaza's
Hamas rulers Sunday.
Near two destroyed Gaza City mosques today, men spread carpets
on sandy ground to prepare for open-air prayers. In the main market
of the Jebaliya refugee camp, large crowds shopped ahead of
One shop owner said it was the first time in five months he'd
been able to sell fresh apples.
Officials in Gaza say the three-week Israeli offensive that
began last month killed 1,285 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
Thirteen Israelis were also killed during the fighting.