Soldiers rest in south Israel bordering the Gaza Strip, on Aug. 8, 2014. Israel and the Palestinians have failed to extend the 72-hour truce in the Gaza Strip. (Xinhua/Li Rui)
GAZA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- After a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians ended on Friday morning, Israeli war jets airstrikes killed five Palestinians and wounded ten others in renewed attacks.
Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that five Palestinians were killed and ten wounded during Friday's Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip's houses, farms and lands.
He added that three Palestinians were killed and five injured in a fresh Israeli war jets airstrike on a house in al-Garara village east of the southern Gaza Strip town.
Al-Qedra also said that two more Palestinians, including a ten- year-old boy were killed in two separate airstrikes on Gaza city and the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, adding that five people were injured in the two strikes.
He also said that the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip which started in July 8, reached 1,898 and the number of the wounded is around 10,000 people.
The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip were put back into gear after minor militant groups fired dozens of rockets from the coastal enclave into Israel. Hamas armed wing until now hasn't fired any rocket since the end of the 72-hour cease-fire.
RAMALLAH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- As the Israeli military operation enters its fifth week, Palestinians in the West Bank are carrying out solidarity movement.
Recently, an independent group of some 200 volunteers called " Boats" collected humanitarian aids across the West Bank to help Gaza Strip's populations going through tragic and hard living conditions after one month of large-Israeli air and ground offensive, which claimed lives of about 1,900 Palestinians. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday voiced his disappointment at the failure of the Cairo talks between Israel and the Palestinians to extend the 72- hour truce in Gaza.
"The secretary-general expresses his deep disappointment that the parties were unable to agree to an extension of the ceasefire in their talks in Cairo," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- "Humanitarian needs remain enormous (in Gaza), with the provision of fresh food and drinkable water the most pressing," Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters here Friday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) said that during the 72-hour ceasefire, aid agencies began to assess needs and stepped up the delivery of urgently needed relief, Haq said at a daily news briefing here, adding that the assessment found the enormous humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip. Full story