Gaza Cease-Fire Falls Apart Hours After it Began

“The cease-fire is over.”

A Palestinian family walks amidst debris outside their house in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip during the first hours of a failed truce, on August 1, 2014.
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Matt Berman
Aug. 1, 2014, 3:54 a.m.

A sur­prise cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and the U.N. on Thursday seems to have fallen apart in Ga­za less than two hours after it took ef­fect.

The AP re­ports that vi­ol­ence Fri­day has already res­ul­ted in the deaths of 35 Palestini­ans from Is­raeli shelling. In ad­di­tion, an Is­raeli sol­dier has been ab­duc­ted. On its Twit­ter ac­count, the Is­raeli De­fense Forces placed the blame for the truce’s fail­ure on Hamas:

A polit­ic­al of­fi­cial in Hamas has told Turk­ish me­dia that the ab­duc­ted sol­dier was taken be­fore the cease-fire began, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times. A Ga­za health of­fi­cial tells the AP that well over 100 Palestini­ans have been wounded in the Is­raeli shelling Fri­day.

In a state­ment, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu said, “Once again, Hamas and the ter­ror or­gan­iz­a­tions in Ga­za have blatantly broken the cease-fire to which they com­mit­ted, this time be­fore the Amer­ic­an sec­ret­ary of State and the U.N. sec­ret­ary gen­er­al.”

A spokes­man for the Is­raeli mil­it­ary put it more bluntly to The New York Times: “The cease-fire is over.”

Is­raeli and Palestini­an ne­go­ti­at­ors were sched­uled to go to Cairo this week­end for form­al talks “aimed at reach­ing a dur­able cease-fire,” ac­cord­ing to a U.S.-U.N. state­ment an­noun­cing the cease-fire.


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