Israelis and Palestinians urged to resume humanitarian ceasefire

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WFP steps up food distribution to conflict-affected people in Gaza. Photo: WFP/Ayman Shublaq

Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to renew the humanitarian ceasefire which has been in effect for 72 hours in Gaza.

The appeal came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday as the ceasefire expired and there were reports of Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel and retaliation by the Israeli army.

A Palestinian boy was reportedly killed and six were wounded as a result of renewed hostilities and several Israelis were reportedly wounded.

The Secretary-General called on the Israelis and Palestinians to continue their negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to reach a durable ceasefire.

Farhan Haq is UN Deputy Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General expresses his deep disappointment that the parties were unable to agree to an extension of the ceasefire in their talks in Cairo. He condemns the renewed rocket fire towards Israel. More suffering and death of civilians caught up in this conflict is intolerable. The Secretary-General urges the parties to swiftly find a way back to respect of the humanitarian ceasefire and to continue negotiations in Cairo to reach a durable ceasefire. The extension of the ceasefire is absolutely essential for talks to progress and to address the underlying issues of the crisis as soon as possible." (28")

The Secretary-General called on the Israelis and Palestinians not to resort to further military action that, he said, can only exacerbate the already appalling humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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