Gaza fighting abates as Israel declares seven-hour ceasefire
Israeli strikes on Gaza early today killed 11 people, including an Islamic Jihad commander, raising the Palestinian death toll to over 1,820, according to Gaza health officials. In Jerusalem, an Israeli was killed and five injured when a Palestinian rammed an earthmover into a bus, turning it over before the driver was shot dead by police.
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Israeli strikes on Gaza early today killed 11 people, including an Islamic Jihad commander, raising the Palestinian death toll to over 1,820, according to Gaza health officials. In Jerusalem, an Israeli was killed and five injured when a Palestinian rammed an earthmover into a bus, turning it over before the driver was shot dead by police. Later, an Israeli soldier was shot and seriously wounded near a bus stop not far from the site of the earlier attack, with police combing the area for his attacker who fled.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Israel`s right to security "does not justify the killing of children and the massacre of civilians."
The strike on Shati refugee camp came killed an eight-year-old girl, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.
— Laurent Fabius (@LaurentFabius) August 4, 2014
— Femi Oke (@FemiOke) August 3, 2014
— UNOCHA (@UNOCHA) August 3, 2014
"They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won`t grow up; they kill men so they can`t defend their country ... They will drown in the blood they shed," he said.
"No one feels secure and given that Gaza is enclosed by a barrier, there is also nowhere safe for them to run," the UNRWA statement added.
The incident in Rafah #Gaza is a further tragic and unacceptable reminder that there is nowhere safe in Gaza for people to take refuge RT
— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) August 3, 2014
Israel declared a 7-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza after an attack on UN-run school in Rafah town killed 10, inviting United Nations` outrage as UN chief Ban Ki-moon lambasted the attack saying this “madness must stop”.
The UN has sounded alarm over the Israeli attack on another UNRWA school in Gaza`s Rafah town that was sheltering some 3000 displaced Palestinians, saying that it was `yet another violation of international humanitarian law`.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon called the attack outside the UNRWA shelter in Rafah a "moral outrage & criminal act”, adding that the Israel Defence Forces were repeatedly informed of the location of these sites.
The UN chief called for a swift investigation into such attacks on UN shelters adding that those responsible must be held accountable.
The sharp reaction from the UN came as an earlier Israeli shelling on a UN school in Jabaliya had killed 20 people.
However, the Israeli military holds the Hamas responsible for such attacks, saying that they fire first from the vicinity of schools.
Speaking of Sunday`s attack, an Israeli Government spokesman Mark Regev said that Gaza militants were responsible for turning the vicinities of schools into war zones, adding that the attack near the school in Rafah came as the IDF were trying to target three militants from the Islamic Jihad group who were on a motorbike near the school, reported the BBC.
Israeli Army has been repeating that “Hamas knows that terror sites may be IDF targets. Nevertheless it continues to embed these sites in civilian areas”.
Meanwhile, Israel has announced a ceasefire for all of the Gaza Strip except eastern Rafah from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, adding that the IDF will “continue to neutralize Hamas` tunnel network and will respond to any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers”.
We have authorized a humanitarian window to take place in the Gaza Strip from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM today.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 3, 2014
Israel`s Operation Protective Edge that has killed more than 1750 Palestinians so far, entered its Day 28 today.
66 Israelis too have been killed in the conflict that intensified after Israel launched ground offensive in Gaza on 17 July.
The latest bout of conflict between the two sides is thought to have been triggered by the abduction and kidnapping of three Israeli teens, after which a Palestinian teenager was killed in revenge.
The death of the Palestinian sparked a lot of protests and an increased salvo of firing from Hamas, triggering the Israeli operation.