GAZA CITY (AA) – The Israeli government and Gaza-based resistance factions are reporting no major violations of a humanitarian ceasefire that started in the Gaza Strip earlier on Saturday, 11 hours after the calm kicked off.
The two sides have only reported two minor violations of the ceasefire that was proposed earlier by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In Jerusalem, Israel has not officially talked about any violations of the humanitarian lull. The Israeli government and army have not issued any statements about violations on the part of the Palestinians either.
Israeli troops had, however, opened their firepower on Palestinians in the border area eastern and southern the Gaza Strip nine hours after the ceasefire started. No casualties were reported from the event.
The humanitarian lull comes hard on the heels of intensive Israeli shelling of homes and sites in the Gaza Strip, shelling that started on July 7.
At least 1000 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 5900 others injured in Israel’s offensive, now in its third week.
Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, fired rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.
Israel’s military operation, dubbed operation “Protective Edge,” is the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.
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