/ 24 May 2021

Israel-Gaza ceasefire holds

The United Nations Security Council has called for “full adherence to the ceasefire” between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The statement – the first since violence erupted 2 weeks ago – said they “mourned the loss of civilian lives resulting from the violence” and “stressed the immediate need for humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza”. UN officials say there are increased health risks and widespread destruction of homes and vital infrastructure in Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it wants to see the “international community condemn and disarm Hamas, and ensure Gaza’s rehabilitation while preventing the diversion of funds and weapons to terrorism.” Both sides have claimed victory as Egyptian officials and others continue talks about a longer-term ceasefire.

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