Gaza City: A child died in the Gaza strip on Wednesday from wounds sustained in four-days of Israeli bombardments, but a truce deal appeared to be holding, despite more rocket attacks by Palestinian resistance fighters and two Israeli raids.
Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya said Baraka Al Mughrabi, 7, died from severe injuries sustained during an Israeli bombing raid on Gaza City on Saturday.
The boy's death, which raised to 26 the number of Palestinians killed in four days of bloodshed, came 24 hours after Israel and resistance groups in Gaza agreed to observe a ceasefire deal in a bid to end the confrontation.
The truce came into effect early on Tuesday, and although there were no major incidents, it appeared less than watertight, with several instances of firing and two Israeli raids on Tuesday night.
Throughout Tuesday, Palestinian resistance groups fired eight rockets and mortars across the border, one of which hit a residential area and lightly injured an Israeli, the Israeli army said.
Several hours later, Israeli warplanes struck targets in northern Gaza.
Palestinian security sources confirmed only one raid, saying it struck a woodyard in northern Gaza City, setting the structure alight but without causing injuries.
But a statement by the Israeli army said it had targeted "two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip" in response to Tuesday's rocket fire.
"The targeting of these sites is in response to the rockets fired at Israel over the past day," it said.
Under the terms of the truce agreement, both Israel and resistance fighters from the Islamic Jihad, who were responsible for most of the rocket attacks, had agreed to hold their fire.
But there was no indication that either side saw the rocket fire, or the subsequent air raids, as putting an end to the Egyptian-brokered agreement.
Trigger for fighting
The fighting erupted on Friday when Israel assassinated a resistance leader, prompting a barrage of rockets attacks from resistance fighters across the border that left five Israelis injured.
In response, Israel staged multiple air strikes across Gaza, allegedly targeting weapons storage and manufacturing facilities and resistance fighters attempting to fire rockets over the border.