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New 72-hour Gaza ceasefire to start at midnight


August 10, 2014
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Tags: [Gaza] [Operation Protective Edge]

Smoke and flames are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City | Reuters
 
As 'Operation Protective Edge’ enters its 32nd day, a new 72-hour halt to hostilities in Gaza has been agreed upon.  It is hoped that this ceasefire, starting at midnight Sunday, will pave the way for a more lasting truce between Hamas and Israel.

In order to reach a lasting truce in Gaza, Palestinians have demanded Israel end its eight-year siege on the Strip, release dozens of prisoners whom Israel recently re-arrested after they were released in 2011 as part of the Shalit exchange, re-open a seaport and airport in Gaza, and create a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

Since a 72-hour truce ended on Friday, it has been reported that the Israeli military hit more than 160 targets and killed 16 people. Palestinian militants also launched 110 rockets of which 85 hit Israel.

Four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Gazans and 67 people on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers. 

The UN says around three quarters of those killed in Gaza were civilians, around a third of them children.

The West Bank

Israel's military assault on Gaza has triggered a series of almost daily protests across the West Bank, during which 17 Palestinians have been killed, the Ramallah-based health ministry reported.

Early on Sunday, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops as he played outside his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp near the southern city of Hebron, relatives and medics said.

According to Ma’an News Agency, the gunshot entered through Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati’s abdomen and exited through his groin.

Doctors tried their best to resuscitate the boy and stop severe bleeding, but they announced his death shortly after he arrived in the emergency room. 

Al-Fawwar refugee camp is located south of Hebron near an Israeli military checkpoint that divides a number of local Palestinian communities close to the local illegal Israeli settlement of Haggay.

The army said troops had opened fire during a “violent riot” but said it had opened an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. 

Settler attacks

It has been reported that a group of Israeli settlers on Sunday torched a Palestinian vehicle in the central West Bank village of Yasuf. Palestinian security sources told Ma'an News Agency that the attackers infiltrated the village from the nearby illegal settlement of Tappuah.

The sources added that they poured fuel on a minibus belonging to Atalah Yasin Jufa and set it ablaze, causing serious damage. 

The attackers also sprayed racist "price tag" slogans on the walls near the vehicle before they fled the scene. "Price tag" is the term given by Israeli settler extremists to refer to attacks randomly targeting Palestinian civilians. 

The attacks are often committed in retribution for any perceived slight against the settlement enterprise, including decisions made by the Israeli government or other political actors.

They are rarely punished by Israeli authorities, particularly when they occur in the West Bank.


 

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