Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional ceasefire
Both the United Nations and the United States have announced that an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip has been agreed upon by all parties. In a joint statement, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Hamas and Israel will observe the truce from 8AM local time.
“This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence,” the statement said. “During this period, civilians in Gaza will 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. We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire.”
The truce has come just hours after the United Nations announced that a quarter of the population in Gaza has been displaced by the fighting. Israeli and Palestinian delegations are travelling to Cairo while the fighting has stopped in order to negotiate a more long-term deal. However, Israeli ground forces will remain in place.
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