Daily News Egypt

Gaza briefly calm before UN ‘humanitarian pause’ broken - Daily News Egypt

Advertising Area

Advertising Area

Gaza briefly calm before UN ‘humanitarian pause’ broken

Diplomatic efforts continue, Hamas remains silent on Egyptian ceasefire proposal

Rockets fired from Gaza on Thursday shattered a five-hour “humanitarian pause” sponsored by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) Robert Serry.

The pause began at 10am local time and was scheduled to last until 3pm. In a Thursday statement delivered by his spokeswoman, Serry called on “Hamas and other factions to respect the humanitarian pause from their side, in the interest of the people of Gaza”.

Less than three hours into the pause the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)  spokesperson reported that three mortars “hit the Israeli community of Eshkol” and accused “Hamas terrorists” of being responsible.

Following the expiry of the deadline rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The IDF spokesperson reported that one of the rockets hit the coastal city of Ashkelon. The Al-Qassam brigade reported launching mortars toward “a military site in the Negev (desert) and Ashkelon”

Serry’s call came at the start of the eleventh day the of the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge, launched in retaliation to rockets fired at Israeli civilian areas, according to the Israeli side. The Israelis accepted Egypt’s proposed initiative for a ceasefire, announced on Monday, however Palestinian faction Hamas claims it was never officially approached. Daily News Egypt learnt on Wednesday that the Egyptians approached the group indirectly.

By Thursday morning the death toll in the Gaza Strip had reached 230, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior. 27 year-old Abdullah Al-Akhras, 20 year-old Bashir Abdel Aal and 25 year-old Mohamed Ziad Ghanem were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the east of Rafah, said the ministry.

A group of four young boys were killed on Wednesday afternoon whilst playing on the beach in the East of the Gaza Strip. All four of the boys were from the same extended family. The Israeli authorities said an investigation into the incident had been launched.

The first Israeli death was recorded on Tuesday as a result of mortar fire from the Gaza strip, reported the IDF.

Ahead of the humanitarian pause the ministry called “on all citizens and resistance fighters to take the utmost caution and not to be reckless during the truce” adding that it “does not believe the cunning occupation (Israel)”.

Both the IDF and Hamas’ militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed an attempted incursion into Israel from the Gaza Strip via a tunnel. The IDF claimed to have thwarted the mission while the Al-Qassam Brigades said the operatives came under fire following the completion of their mission. It is not clear what the exact nature of the mission was only that the tunnel opening was near the Sufa Kibbutz, close to both the Gazan and Egyptian borders.

As of 3pm on Wednesday 77% of the casualties in Gaza were civilian deaths according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The UN body added that this raises “concerns about respect for international humanitarian law”.

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East Tony Blair on Wednesday in Cairo. The former British prime minister expressed the international community’s supports for Egypt’s ceasefire proposal during a press conference after their meeting. Blair said that if Egypt’s proposal is accepted and “the violence stops, then the process of building a decent future can begin”.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday and met President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, confirmed foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty. Abbas also welcomed Shoukry and Arab League Secretary General at his Cairo residence on Wednesday evening to discuss efforts for achieving a ceasefire. Abbas had accepted the proposal put forward by Egypt on Monday night.

Advertising Area

Advertising Area

  • Leonard Halstead

    As of 3pm on Wednesday 77% of the casualties in Gaza were civilian
    deaths according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
    Affairs (UNOCHA). The UN body added that this raises “concerns about
    respect for international humanitarian law”.

    Since the UNOCHA workers are mostly Gazan Arabs how stupid is the world to take at face value anything they claIm ?

  • Pingback: Gaza briefly calm before UN ‘humanitarian pause’ broken - Egypt()

  • Richard Barnes

    Daily we are seeing wars and violence in various regions of the earth. We have nations in central America that routinely have battles with rebel groups and drug cartels for power and money. In Africa we have battles and wars usually based on differing religious beliefs and political control. In the Ukraine we had an economic battle between the EU and Russia which resulted in war and was somewhat predictable if anyone bothered to remember how Russia responded with Georgia a few years ago. Yesterday we saw what appears to be the shooting down of a Malaysian 777 by Russian armed sepratists. Maybe Putin could put a sign on his desk like Harry Truman did next to a model of a 777 that says “The BUK stops here”? We also saw Israel start a ground offensive that was essentially forced on them by an unrelenting Hamas attack. We could add China and N. Korea to the list as well and about the only regions of real peace on earth are the north and south poles. These wars were predicted along with all of the 5.0 or larger earth quakes going on today around the whole world. In fact this first quarter of 2014 has more than doubled the total of stronger quakes from the whole of 2013; More than any in recorded history. Today we have Technical advances that were considered magic just 100 years ago. The Bible warned us we would see these signs all together in the end times when Israel was a nation again. The end times are here today. I wrote a book in 2012 that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible and what to expect in the near future. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

Breaking News

No current breaking news

Daily News Egypt Android App Available for free download on Google play
Daily News Egypt Ios App Available for free download on APP Store