Date
24 August 2017
A Palestinian man salvages belongings from damaged buildings in a Gaza City district that that was hit heavily by Israeli shelling and air strikes. Photo: Reuters
A Palestinian man salvages belongings from damaged buildings in a Gaza City district that that was hit heavily by Israeli shelling and air strikes. Photo: Reuters

Fighting subsides in Gaza, but no sign of lasting deal

Fighting abated in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas militants said they will back a 24-hour humanitarian truce, Reuters reported. 

However, there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end the fighting with Israel, even as US President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire, the report said.

Obama spoke by phone on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and stressed the need for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Urging a permanent end to hostilities on the basis of the 2012 ceasefire agreement, Obama said: “Ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.”

Some firing of rockets continued after the time that Hamas had announced it would put its guns aside and Netanyahu questioned the validity of the truce, Reuters said.

Israel and the Hamas Islamists who control Gaza had agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday to allow Palestinians to stock up on supplies and retrieve bodies from under the rubble.

Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to extend the truce until midnight on Sunday at the request of the United Nations, but called it off when Hamas launched rockets into Israel during the morning.

Some 1,031 Palestinians, mainly civilians and including many children, are said to have been killed in the 20-day conflict. 

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