JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli military announced that it will hold fire for seven hours Monday in parts of the Gaza Strip to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes.
The humanitarian truce, beginning at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), however, would not apply in areas of the southern Gaza town of Rafah, a Defense Ministry official said in a statement.
The statement also said Israeli military would respond to any attacks during that time.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of at least 10 Palestinians in shelling outside of a UN-run school in Gaza, which is offering shelter to thousands of Palestinian civilians, saying that "the attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law."
The U.S. Statement Department also said Sunday that the United States is "appalled" by the "disgraceful" shelling outside a United Nations school in Gaza that killed at least ten Palestinian civilians.
"We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
RAMALLAH, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called on the international community to pressure Israel to accept the Egyptian-proposed ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, an official statement said.
The statement published on "Wafa" said Abbas urged the UN, the United States, the European Union, Russia and China to exert pressure on Israel and end its war on the Gaza Strip that killed and wounded thousands.Full Story
GAZA/CARIO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The first official talks on reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Gaza militants kicked off on Sunday in Cairo amid international pressures on the fighting parties to end around four weeks of Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave that killed and wounded thousands.
A high-ranking Palestinian delegation that includes officials in Palestine Liberation Organization and leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements will hold later on Sunday talks with an Egyptian delegation in Cairo to discuss a ceasefire, which began on July 8.Full Story