Gaza Strip: daily breaks in the south for humanitarian reasons

Gaza Strip: daily breaks in the south for humanitarian reasons
Gaza Strip: daily breaks in the south for humanitarian reasons

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June 16, 2024 – 09:34

(Keystone-ATS) The Israeli army announced on Sunday that it would observe a daily “tactical pause” in the southern Gaza Strip to “increase the volume of humanitarian aid entering” the Palestinian territory.

“A local tactical pause in military activity for humanitarian reasons will be observed from 08:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. (07:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. Swiss) daily and until further notice,” from the Israeli entry point of Kerem Shalom to to the Salah al-Dine road then towards the north, the army said in a statement.

The decision was taken as part of efforts to “increase the volume of humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip” following discussions with the UN and other organizations, she said.

Conflicting requirements

It comes at a time when on the diplomatic front, hopes for a ceasefire seem to be fading due to the contradictory demands of Israel and Hamas which leave little chance of seeing the plan announced at the end of May by the US President Joe Biden.

The Israeli army announced the death of eight soldiers on Saturday in the Gaza Strip, where the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has continued to rage for more than eight months.

According to the UN, famine threatens the Gaza Strip where 75% of the approximately 2.4 million inhabitants have been displaced by the war. More than 8,000 children under the age of five have been treated for acute malnutrition in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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