Israel and Hamas blame each other for violating ceasefire

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 2:30:37 by
Israel launches offensive against Palestine

The ceasefire for Gaza agreed between Israel and Palestinian factions which came into force at eight in the morning of Friday has been fragile. At least 50 Palestinians have been killed from the second hour of the truce by Israeli tanks and artillery attacks, mostly in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza, as reported by the Ministry of Health in Gaza Reuters. There would also be 220 injured, the sources said. A witness speaks of ” dozens of shells “. In addition, the Israeli army reported that Hamas could have captured one of his soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip.

Half an hour after the truce took effect, according to Roni Kaplan spokesman in Castilian Army, a group of military was tracking a tunnel in the southern Gaza when ” suddenly, Hamas militants out of one or more tunnel and attacked by surprise.” Israeli soldiers, pointing, returned fire. Kaplan says at least one of the militiamen wearing a belt of explosives, although it remains unclear if it was activated. The group lost contact with the soldier in the middle of battle, and the army has launched an “extensive operation ” in the area, ” both as an operational intelligence ” to denude the military, Carmen Rengel reports from Jerusalem.

The Army has confirmed that the missing soldier is Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, of Kfar Saba and ensured that occurred about 09:30 local time. A few days ago, the Army reported that it had reported missing to another military, although Hamas militias say they have captured.

Before breaking the ceasefire, in the second hour of the truce two mortar shells had landed in Israel, near the border with Gaza, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. In addition, the air raid sirens, indicating the launch of rockets from Gaza, have played in some parts of southern Israel.

Shortly after noon on Friday, Israel has canceled the agreement for the ceasefire, accusing Hamas and other Palestinian militias “flagrant violation ” of the cease-fire, but did not specify how. “Once again Hamas and terrorist organizations are widely violating the ceasefire agreed “, said a source in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Before the truce, which lasted less than three hours, the military announced the deaths of five of its soldiers by Palestinian mortar fire when operating near the border.

In the southern town of Khan Yunis and the eastern neighborhood Shiyaiya, residents returned to exploit the period of truce to rescue the bodies of their relatives from the rubble left by air and land bombardment of Israel. The villages east of Khan Yunis, hard hit by the invasion, still counting among Gazans as high risk areas. On the night of Thursday to Friday Israeli artillery fire killed 17 people in the area. Among them, four children from the Al Fara. They had not turned 12.

Israel and Hamas had agreed late Thursday to an “unconditional and humanitarian ” ceasefire, as announced in a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The agreement, which was intended to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, was accepted by both the Palestinians and Israel, which, at par, would send “immediately two delegations to Cairo to negotiate, at the invitation of Egypt a more durable ceasefire, ” the statement said. ” Both parties may bring out all the issues that concern them in these negotiations, “said the note.

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