Israel declares four-hour ceasefire in Gaza

The ceasefire would not apply in areas where ground troops were “currently operating”.

Afp July 30, 2014

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army has agreed to observe a four-hour humanitarian lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip, which begin at 1200 GMT (1700 Pakistan time) today, a statement said.

“The IDF (army) has authorised a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 local time (1200 ― 1600 GMT),” it said, warning residents not to return to areas which they had evacuated.

But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were “currently operating”, it said, without elaborating in a statement which came several hours after the army advanced deeper into the Gaza Strip.

“Residents must not return to areas that have previously been asked to evacuate,” it added.

UN figures show that up to 240,000 people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting which began on July 8 and have so far killed more than 1,297 people in Gaza and 56 in Israel.