Egypt, Italy call for immediate Gaza ceasefire

The Egyptian initiative "allows lull to prevail, permits the entry of humanitarian aid and the start of negotiations", Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said.

Egypt, Italy call for immediate Gaza ceasefire

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Saturday called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

In a joint press conference in Cairo, al-Sisi said that an Egyptian ceasefire proposal is the "only solution" for the crisis in the Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under unabated Israeli attacks for almost four weeks now.

The Egyptian initiative "allows lull to prevail, permits the entry of humanitarian aid and the start of negotiations", he said. "Wasting more time complicates the situation."

Renzi, for his part, renewed calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, going on to reiterate support for the Egyptian initiative to end the crisis in the Palestinian territory.

The Italian Premier went on to call for the immediate release of an "abducted" Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip.

On July 14, Egypt proposed an initiative with an eye on suspending hostilities between Israel and resistance factions in the Gaza Strip.

The initiative, initially welcomed by Israel, was rejected by Palestinian factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who said that the plan's terms do not meet the conditions of the Palestinian resistance.

For the past four weeks, Israel has been pounded the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of halting rocket fire, killing at least 1650 and injured nearly 9000 others.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to the ongoing Israeli attacks.

According to Israeli figures, at least 63 Israeli soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in Gaza and three civilians by rocket fire.

A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Friday after Israel accused Hamas of abducting a soldier in Rafah. The Palestinian movement, however, has denied any role in abducting the Israeli soldier.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ağustos 2014, 13:42
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