July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS - #Israel and #Hamas agree to unconditional 72-hr ceasefire - DETAILS

BREAKING NEWS July 31 2014:

 and  agree to unconditional 72-hour ceasefire - will begin at 8 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Friday, Aug. 1 - forces on ground to remain in place - Israeli and   delegations will begin negotiations in   for a more permanent ceasefire mediated by the   “The parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations,” the two international leaders said.A representative of Hamas independently confirmed the ceasefire agreement.    http://rt.com/news/177144-un-us-israel-hamas-ceasefire/  


Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Cease-fire Announcement in Gaza
Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCJuly 31, 2014
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From the U.S. Department of State:

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 cease-fire in Gaza.

This humanitarian cease-fire 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 cease-fire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the cease-fire.

This cease-fire 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 cease-fire. The parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.

We 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 cease-fire as soon as possible.

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