RAFAH, Gaza Strip - As the truce between Israel and Palestinian militants entered its third day on Saturday, weary Gazans hoped for the easing of a year-long blockade of the impoverished Hamas-ruled territory. But in the dusty border town of Rafah, black market petrol smuggled through tunnels from Egypt was still selling for the same price it did before the truce around seven dollars (4.5 euros) per litre. "If you think the Jews are going to open the border to let petrol in you are dreaming," said Abu Mohammed, as his sons sucked fuel from a plastic tank to siphon it into used soft drink bottles in the heart of a crowded market. Gaza's 1.5 million people hope the ceasefire will lead to a lifting of a near-total blockade that has spawned widespread fuel shortages and left 80 percent of them reliant on international food aid. But Hamas has said smuggling will continue, and on Saturday the streets of Rafah were lined with tables of cheap Chinese goods brought in through the tunnels, which Israel says are also used for smuggling arms. Rafah merchants said as long as the blockade continued the network of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were a lifeline to the territory. "We are poor and we need the tunnels to live. How can Hamas prevent us from earning a livelihood?" said a 37-year-old merchant, who gave his name only as Nabil. Like many others on Saturday, he was trying to sell goods in his case a motorbike bought in Egypt in January after militants temporarily blew open the border fence. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Friday that the Egyptian-brokered truce explicitly stated that arms smuggling must halt and that Hamas was "seeking to weaken the peace" by claiming otherwise. Most merchants said they would prefer to go back to using the crossings. "I would prefer they open the crossings because I used to make more money," Abu Ali said as he hawked knock-off perfumes and toothpaste he said were brought in through tunnels from Egypt. "The tunnel owners benefit from the siege but everyone else loses," he said. The six-month truce the first since Hamas took power a year ago has brought a welcome calm to Gaza after months of near-daily Israeli military strikes killed hundreds of people, mostly Palestinian fighters. Across the border, Israelis living along the Gaza frontier hoped for an end to the near-daily rocket and mortar attacks that have killed four people since January. Both Hamas and Israel have vowed to respect the truce, but Israel has made it clear the armed forces are prepared to act should the ceasefire fail. Gaza farmers meanwhile ventured into the war-scarred land along the frontier under the distant but watchful eyes of Israeli troops. Since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power over a year ago farmers along the border have been caught in the crossfire between rocket-launching Palestinian militants and Israeli troops stationed just over the horizon. Mazen Muhanna began work at dawn clearing the bleached remains of dozens of olive trees destroyed in an Israeli incursion outside the southern Gaza village of Al-Qarara less than two weeks ago. "They are both awful, but the Israelis are worse. The resistance just fires rockets, but the Israelis come with tanks and bulldozers," Muhanna said. Fadi, a 17-year-old farmer working the same land, said they would prefer Palestinian militants stay away. "But if you say anything to them they will call you an agent (of Israel)," he said. Although the calm has held for more than two days the border remains tense. Siham Smeri, a farmer and mother of five, says the Israelis still fire warning shots when the farmers get too close to the fence. Her family owns land near the border that they haven't farmed in more than two years. "The first day of the truce we went to a hill near the border. An Arab Israeli soldier yelled out to us: 'Get away from here or we will shoot you and break the truce'." They have not been back since.