Just announce Israel and Hamas have agreed to a unconditional humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning 8pm Jerusalem time and will last for 72 hours and all troops will remain in place (in other words Israel will continue to destroy tunnels). All parties will travel to Cairo to attempt to work out a longer truce.
The Joint Statement announcing the ceasefire made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State
John Kerry follows:
New York, 31 July 2014 – Joint Statement by the Secretary-General
and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State
John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in
Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances
that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire
This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am
local time on Friday, August 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72
hours unless extended. During this time the forces on the ground will
remain in place.
We urge all parties to act with restraint
until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their
commitments during the ceasefire.
This ceasefire is
critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from
violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently
needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital
functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured and
restocking food supplies. Overdue repairs on essential water and energy
infrastructure could also continue during this period.
Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo
for negotiations with the Government of Egypt, at the invitation of
Egypt, aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire. The parties will be able
to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.
thank key regional stakeholders for their vital support of this process,
and count on a continued collaborative international effort to assist
Egypt and the parties reach a durable ceasefire as soon as possible.