ICRC chief expected in Gaza

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer is due to visit Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and meet people directly affected by the Israeli offensive.

ICRC chief expected in Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, is due in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for a firsthand account of the conditions of the Palestinian territory and the impact of the Israeli onslaught.

ICRC spokesman in Gaza Nasser al-Naggar said Maurer would start his tour by visiting Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where he would meet with doctors and then hold a press conference there.

In a statement, the ICRC said Maurer would spend three days in the Gaza Strip, Israel and the occupied West Bank to have a firsthand account of the human cost of the latest Israeli offensive.

He is expected to meet people who were directly affected by the conflict.

Maurer would also hold talks with senior Palestinian and Israeli officials as well as volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent.

An Egypt-brokered three-day humanitarian ceasefire started in Gaza on Tuesday following one month of incessant Israeli attacks that had claimed the lives of at least 1867 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and wounded more than 9470 others.

Israel has admitted to losing 64 troops in Gaza combat and three civilians in Gaza rocket attacks.

The Palestinians and the Israelis are expected to start indirect talks in Cairo on a durable ceasefire.

A Palestinian delegation has already been holding talks with Egyptian officials over the past days.

Israel said it would send a delegation to Cairo within hours.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2014, 12:03
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