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LAST_UPDATEFri, 01 Aug 2014 9am

New Gaza Humanitarian Truce Agreed By Israel and Hamas

HamasGaza - Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday.

A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo.

Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,422 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

As of the press time, fifty-six Israeli soldiers have died.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed, as well as a Thai national in Israel.

Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants.

Officials from both Israel and Hamas confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN.

"During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the joint statement.

A Palestinian fire fighter tries to put out a fire in a van, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City (31 July 2014)

Kerry and Ban said that the ceasefire would enable innocent civilians to gain a much-needed reprieve from violence
Family members of Israeli soldier Matan Gotlib mourn during his funeral in Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv July 31, 2014.

Israelis have been mourning the loss of their soldiers in the conflict

Relatives of Palestinians - whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike on their van - grieve at a hospital in Gaza (31 July 2014)

Critics of Israel say that its military action has made it impossible for the 1.8 million people of Gaza to find shelter from air and artillery strikes

"We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire," the statement added.

"This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence," the statement went on.

It said that during the ceasefire period, civilians in Gaza would receive "urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured and restocking food supplies".

Israeli and Palestinian delegations will go to Cairo immediately for negotiations with the government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, the statement said, with the aim of reaching "a durable ceasefire".


The fighting has left Palestinians separated from their families, as Ian Pannell reports

Israel has released footage of an aborted air strike in response to criticisms of the level of civilian casualties, as Orla Guerin reports
Speaking in India, Mr Kerry warned that a break in the fighting did not guarantee an end to the conflict.

He said that Israel would be able to continue destroying tunnels "behind its lines" which Israel says are used by Hamas to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory.

"This is not a time for congratulations or joy or anything except a serious determination - a focus by everybody to try to figure out the road ahead," he said.

"This is a respite. It is a moment of opportunity, not an end.''

A US state department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that developing relationships with Qatar and Turkey, who could communicate with Hamas, had been key to ceasefire efforts.

Seventy-two hours was considered the minimum amount of time needed to get negotiations started, the official added.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday accused both sides of violating the rules of war.

She said Hamas had done so by "locating rockets within schools and hospitals, or even launching these rockets from densely populated areas", while Israel had attacked civilian areas of Gaza such as schools, hospitals, homes and UN facilities.

Source: BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/28596609

Gaza - Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday.

A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo.

Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,422 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

As of the press time, fifty-six Israeli soldiers have died.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed, as well as a Thai national in Israel.

Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants.

Officials from both Israel and Hamas confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN.

"During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the joint statement.

A Palestinian fire fighter tries to put out a fire in a van, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City (31 July 2014)

Kerry and Ban said that the ceasefire would enable innocent civilians to gain a much-needed reprieve from violence
Family members of Israeli soldier Matan Gotlib mourn during his funeral in Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv July 31, 2014.

Israelis have been mourning the loss of their soldiers in the conflict

Relatives of Palestinians - whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike on their van - grieve at a hospital in Gaza (31 July 2014)

Critics of Israel say that its military action has made it impossible for the 1.8 million people of Gaza to find shelter from air and artillery strikes

"We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire," the statement added.

"This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence," the statement went on.

It said that during the ceasefire period, civilians in Gaza would receive "urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured and restocking food supplies".

Israeli and Palestinian delegations will go to Cairo immediately for negotiations with the government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, the statement said, with the aim of reaching "a durable ceasefire".


The fighting has left Palestinians separated from their families, as Ian Pannell reports

Israel has released footage of an aborted air strike in response to criticisms of the level of civilian casualties, as Orla Guerin reports
Speaking in India, Mr Kerry warned that a break in the fighting did not guarantee an end to the conflict.

He said that Israel would be able to continue destroying tunnels "behind its lines" which Israel says are used by Hamas to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory.

"This is not a time for congratulations or joy or anything except a serious determination - a focus by everybody to try to figure out the road ahead," he said.

"This is a respite. It is a moment of opportunity, not an end.''

A US state department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that developing relationships with Qatar and Turkey, who could communicate with Hamas, had been key to ceasefire efforts.

Seventy-two hours was considered the minimum amount of time needed to get negotiations started, the official added.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday accused both sides of violating the rules of war.

She said Hamas had done so by "locating rockets within schools and hospitals, or even launching these rockets from densely populated areas", while Israel had attacked civilian areas of Gaza such as schools, hospitals, homes and UN facilities.

Source: BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/2859660

 

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