Middle East

Palestinians celebrate victory against Israel in Gaza

Palestinians have rallied by the thousands after a ceasefire took effect in the latest Gaza war, with many viewing it as a costly but clear victory for the Hamas resistance and Gaza’s governors. 

The 11-day war left nearly 250 dead — the vast majority Palestinians — and brought widespread devastation to the already impoverished Hamas-governed Gaza. 

But the rocket barrages that brought life to a standstill in much of Israel and its occupied areas were seen by many Palestinians as a bold response to Israeli abuses in occupied Jerusalem, the emotional heart of the conflict.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against further attacks, saying, “If Hamas thinks we will tolerate a drizzle of rockets, it is wrong.” He vowed to respond with “a new level of force” against aggression anywhere in Israel.

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