Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and armed factions in Gaza starts
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
At 8 o'clock yesterday morning,, a 72 hour ceasefire between the and the armed factions in the began. The ceasefire was achieved due to the initiative and efforts of mediators, who invited delegations from both sides to meet in and discuss the conditions for a long-term treaty.
A few minutes before the ceasefire came into effect, several Israeli strikes were reported across the Gaza Strip, and a number of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.
|We hope they can take it and be committed to a cease-fire|
—Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan
A Palestinian delegation reportedly including representatives from, , and the , and an Israeli delegation, reportedly traveled to Cairo to discuss conditions for a long term ceasefire agreement. Palestinian delegate Qais Abdul Karim, "Abu Laila", said, "Egyptian officials, headed by intelligence chief, showed understanding to our demands, but they said they play the role of mediator and will transfer these demands to the Israeli side."
Spokespersons on behalf of both sides toldthe ceasefire must be respected. Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan said: "We hope they can take it and be committed to a cease-fire". Israeli Prime Minister said Israeli wants "quiet and security [for] the citizens of Israel".
|the aim of this initiative is to allow us to see if a ceasefire could be reached over a longer period of time|
—White House deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken
In this latest conflict, over 1,800 Palestinians, according to Gaza officials, and 67 Israelis have died. Several prior ceasefire initiatives have been violated, with counter-accusations about which side dragged the other into fighting.
Thegladly accepted the current Egyptian initiative and , UN's secretary general, called for talks to commence in Cairo as soon as possible. The has also expressed its support, and White House deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken said, quoted , "the aim of this initiative is to allow us to see if a ceasefire could be reached over a longer period of time".
- Karl Penhaul, Salma Abdelaziz, Steve Almasy and Matthew Chance. "Gazans return to shattered homes as negotiators prepare to discuss cease-fire" — , August 6, 2014
- "Israel pulls troops out of Gaza" — , August 5, 2014
- "U.S. Welcomes Declaration of Ceasefire between Israel and Gaza" — , August 5, 2014
- Hassan Dohan. "Egypt to reach a new agreement for a cease-fire" — , August 4, 2014