Palestinians take part in a protest against against Israeli
military action in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza has accused
Israel of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that
has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on
An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We have no knowledge
of such an incident."
The Palestinian ministry in the coastal territory dominated
by Hamas Islamists said Israeli troops shot at houses east of
the town of Khan Younis.
The ceasefire, renewed on Thursday (local time) for five days
after a previous truce expired, has largely halted more than
a month of fighting in which 1,945 Palestinians, many of them
civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel
The truce got off to a rocky start with Israel launching an
air raid early on Thursday in response to rocket fire from
Gaza in violation of the earlier truce.
There were no reported casualties in any of these incidents.
The latest ceasefire, mediated by Egypt, gave the parties an
additional five days, until late on Monday to come up with a
comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza.
Negotiations hosted in Cairo were expected to reconvene on
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet debated
the emerging deal at a meeting held behind closed-doors on
Friday, after a protest by 10,000 Israelis in Tel Aviv, angry
at the war's inconclusive results and the prospect of facing
more rocket fire from Gaza once the truce comes to an end.
An Israeli official said after Friday's meeting that any deal
struck in Egypt had to "provide clearly for security
arrangements" for Israel. The official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, declined to elaborate.
Few precise details of the indirect negotiations have
emerged, but the broad outlines are well known: the
Palestinians want an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, an
extension of the strip's maritime and security boundaries and
the building of a sea port and reopening of an airport in the
For their part, the Israelis want an end to rocket fire from
Gaza, the full demilitarisation of the territory, and for the
Palestinian Authority headed by Western-allied President
Mahmoud Abbas to take over responsibility for managing Gaza's
12 km (7.5 mile) border with Egypt at Rafah, an effort to
prevent the smuggling of weapons and other military-use