In the first act of violence since the ceasefire took place Wednesday night, Israeli troops have shot and killed one Palestinian and wounded nine others. The victims were among some 300 Palestinians who approached the Gaza-Israel border on Friday. Some reports say the Palestinians were picking up parts from a damaged Israeli army jeep, while other reports say the Palestinians were trying to raise the flag of Hamas and do damage to the fence along the border. The Israelis fired warning shots before firing on the Palestinians themselves. It does not yet seem that the incident will threaten the stability of the ceasefire agreement.
Meanwhile, debates over who “won” the eight-day conflict are underwau, with some favoring Israel and others Hamas. Either way, analysts acknowledge that the circumstances of the ceasefire necessitate reformed approaches to the Israeli-Palestnian issue, and particularly to the Israeli-Hamas rivalry.
Pakistan will go ahead with its plan to cut mobile services in major cities in an attempt to lessen attacks on its Shiite minority during Ashura. Preparations for the next two days also include beefing up security, especially in Karachi, a city at the heart of Pakistan’s sectarian strife.
Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has declared 2012 the deadliest year on record for journalists. Bokova was speaking at the 2nd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Vienna. According to UNESCO, over 100 journalists have been killed so far in 2012; 32 were connected to the Syria conflict, while 18 more were killed in Somalia. The most striking observation, according to Bokova, is that a majority of the slain journalists were not war correspondents but were instead covering illegal activities (ex. drug trafficking, illegal logging, etc.).At the meeting Bokova also stressed the impact of the abduction, harassment, arrest, and arbitrary detention of journalists across the world. Bokova also emphasized the impermissibility of the targeting of journalists and their offices during the recently ended conflict between Gaza and Israel.