All parties in Gaza conflict agree to 72-hour unconditional ceasefire

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

All parties in the Gaza conflict have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire starting Friday morning.

That's according to a joint statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

The ceasefire will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended, the statement reads.

During this time, the forces on the ground will remain in place.

The announcement came after the Middle East Envoy, Robert Serry, received assurances from all the parties they would observe the truce.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"We urge all parties to act with restraint until this 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 are expected to travel "immediately" to Cairo to take part in negotiations, led by Egypt, for a durable ceasefire.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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