The Israel and Hamas ceasefire, which ended 11 days of bloodshed, has been maintained for the third day while foreign mediators work to resolve the conflict.
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After the deadliest outbreak of fighting in years, which saw at least 248 Palestinians killed by Israeli bombardment, including 66 children, a truce between Israel and Hamas has been extended for a third day as mediators spoke to all sides about extending the time of peace. Egyptian mediators have been travelling between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas, in an attempt to keep the ceasefire alive, and have also spoken with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.
The Security Council called on the parties to adhere to the ceasefire in Gaza
In its first statement since the start of military tensions between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza, the UN Security Council called for a full commitment by the parties to the ceasefire. The ceasefire was imposed on Friday at the initiative of Egypt after 11 days of fighting so that aid workers can begin to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Earlier, the first batch of international aid arrived in Gaza on Friday in the West Bank.
Members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the victims of the recent war and praised the diplomatic efforts of Egypt, the United Nations, the Middle East Quartet and the countries of the region and the world to meditate and implement the ceasefire.
Palestinian casualties in the 11-day war
Earlier on Friday, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency, Mark Lukacs, announced that he had allocated $ 22.5 million of his emergency budget to the recent crisis.
Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, who visited Gaza, said:”Everyone just has to stand their ground and take no provocative action.”The Israeli army has been shelling positions in Gaza for nearly two weeks, while thousands of rockets have been fired at Israeli cities by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
At least 242 Palestinians, including 38 women and 66 children, have been killed in recent clashes since May 10, according to figures released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Twelve Israelis were killed, including five women and two children.
The UN agency said at least 230 people were responsible for the Israeli attack, although some Palestinian casualties in Gaza may have been caused by rockets fired by Palestinian militant groups that landed by mistake.
According to the Ministry of Health active in Gaza, 1948 Palestinians, including 610 children and nearly 400 women, were injured in recent military tensions.
According to the United Nations, 70 schools, hospitals and health care centres in Gaza were destroyed and 77,000 people were displaced from their homes in Gaza during the bilateral attacks. In Israel, on the other hand, 258 houses were destroyed and another 770 houses were uninhabitable. Palestinian officials estimate the cost of rebuilding infrastructure destroyed during the attacks at tens of millions of dollar