Extension of ceasefire in Gaza welcomed by humanitarian agencies

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UNRWA staff distribute food to displaced families in various UNRWA shelters in Gaza City. © Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

The extension of the ceasefire in Gaza has been welcomed by UN humanitarian agencies.

Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday began to observe the five-day ceasefire, which has been described as the longest since the hostilities broke out in July.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the truce will enable humanitarian work to continue in Gaza.

"Humanitarian agencies have welcomed the extension of the ceasefire in Gaza, which will enable access for humanitarian workers to carry out life-saving activities, to complete search and rescue operations in several areas, and to repair critical water, sanitation networks and electricity infrastructure. The removal of unexploded ordnance in built-up areas will continue, as will repair work in schools. Safe and secure transportation inside the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire will enhance the delivery of urgently-needed supplies." (29")

Spokesperson Dujarric said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has started to distribute maternity packages to mothers who have given birth during the current hostilities, and who are registered as displaced people in its shelters across the Gaza Strip.

A total of 344 babies, 152 girls and 192 boys, have been born in UNRWA schools designated as shelters, he added.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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