UN calls for another 24-hour cease-fire in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked for yet another extension of the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

UN calls for another 24-hour cease-fire in Gaza

World Bulletin/News Desk

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked again on Sunday for yet another extension of the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza for the next full day.

In a statement, the Secretary-General's spokesperson urges, in the strongest terms, both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, following the previous cease-fire, which was mostly observed until early this morning.

Ban stressed the importance of the newly requested cease-fire in order for Palestinians and Israelis – “to be able to have a break in the violence that has killed too many, marred so many lives, and caused such destruction.”

Earlier, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Israel and Hamas to take steps towards a durable ceasefire.

“Civilian casualties must be avoided as much as possible. And for that we urgently need a cease-fire,” Steinmeier said on German public radio Deutschlandfunk.

Earlier in the day, Hamas said that Palestinian resistance factions had accepted a U.N. request for a 24-hour humanitarian truce which started at 1100 GMT.

At least 1031 Palestinians have been killed and 6233 others injured in Israeli aerial, ground and naval attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 7, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Sunday. At least 43 Israeli troops were also killed in Gaza combat, while three civilians were killed by Gaza rocket attacks on Israeli cities, according to official figures.

Israel claims that the military offensive aims at undermining the ability of Gaza's resistance movements to launch such rocket attacks.

The Israeli offensive – codenamed "Protective Edge" - is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely populated Gaza Strip - home to 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2014, 22:37

Muhammed Öylek