Israel stretches Gaza ceasefire to Sunday night, Hamas renounces

UN has appealed that both parties should agree on a seven day truce so relief efforts can flourish.

Afp/web Desk July 26, 2014

GAZA CITY/ JERUSALEM: Israel is extending a humanitarian ceasefire in its military campaign in Gaza for another 24 hours, to Sunday night, a government official said.

The Israeli cabinet agreed late Saturday to prolong its pause in fighting "until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday" in line with a UN request, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Hamas rejects Israel's 24-hour extension of Gaza ceasefire

Hamas on Sunday rejected Israel's decision to extend by 24 hours a pause in hostilities in Gaza, saying Israeli tanks first had to withdraw from the territory.

"No humanitarian ceasefire is valid without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to return to their homes and ambulances carrying bodies being able to freely move around in Gaza," Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhum said in a statement.

UN pleads for seven day truce

Meanwhile, United Nation Secretary Ban Ki-moon has appealed to both parties to agree on a seven day truce in Gaza.

The extension in the ceasefire will allow vital humanitarian efforts to sustain.

Ban said, "It would help open the door for a renewed political process which is the only way of achieving durable peace".

The UN Chief restated that the blockade and closure of Gaza must stop.

While adding that if the root cause is not tackled another violence episode will develop.


Bushra Naz | 9 years ago | Reply

Ceasefire finally! I'm glad all those social media campaigners can rest for a while who were sharing extremely graphic pictures of Palestinian killings in Gaza, compelling people to boycott products of multinationals whose owners happen to be either a Jew or American. They don't make any sense

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