Gaza Peace Shattered as Israel and Hamas Resume Fighting

UNRWA expects and is preparing for some 65,000 to 70,000 Palestinians to stay in its Gaza schools as they have no homes and nowhere to return to. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan
UNRWA expects and is preparing for some 65,000 to 70,000 Palestinians to stay in its Gaza schools as they have no homes and nowhere to return to. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

Gaza Peace Shattered by Resuming Israeli Airstrikes

NEW YORK – A new round of air strikes from Israel light up Gaza last night. The latest attacks came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of an extended military campaign in Gaza. “Only the guarantee of the calm and safety of Israeli citizens (will bring an end to this operation) and therefore I will continue to operate with firmness and insistence. Operation Protective Edge is not finished, not for a minute, we are talking about a continued campaign,” stated the Prime Minister, speaking to media.

Meanwhile, amateur video Reuters cannot independently verify purports to show rocket rocket fire from Hamas targeting Israel.

The U.N. Security Council expressed concern over the resumption of air strikes and calls on both sides to return to the negotiating table

UNRWA expects and is preparing for some 65,000 to 70,000 Palestinians to stay in its Gaza schools as they have no homes and nowhere to return to. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan
UNRWA expects and is preparing for some 65,000 to 70,000 Palestinians to stay in its Gaza schools as they have no homes and nowhere to return to. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

United Nations Still Seeks Peace

As renewed violence signalled the end of the latest Gaza ceasefire, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave disappointment at the return to hostilities and urged the parties to “reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues.”

In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire which was to expire at midnight local time last night.

“He is gravely disappointed by the return to hostilities,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban reminded both sides of their responsibility not to let the situation escalate.

“The hopes of the people in Gaza for a better future and the hopes of the people in Israel for sustainable security rest on the talks in Cairo,” the UN chief said, calling on the delegations to live up to that expectation.

Mr. Ban in his statement urged the parties to reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues afflicting Gaza.

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