Situation in Gaza "fluid" as ceasefire expires

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The situation in Gaza has been described as "extremely fluid" after the 72-hour ceasefire observed by Israelis and Palestinians expired on Friday.

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says that during the first 48 hours of the pause in hostilities, rescue teams were able to retrieve additional bodies in Gaza.

OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke says that as of Thursday afternoon, the total cumulative death toll of Palestinians stood at 1,869, of whom 1,380 are believed to be civilians.

"The situation is extremely fluid this morning in Gaza after the expiration of the 72-hour ceasefire. We have reports that some hostilities have taken place, both rockets into Israel and the other way around. What I can say is that people in Gaza this morning are very hesitant to leave their homes. They really fear that the hostilities will intensify once again." (29")

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaza, James Rawley has called for the continuation of the ceasefire on humanitarian grounds.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’19″

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