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Permanent ceasefire negotiations to take place in Cairo as temporary truce begins


By Lil Jackson - August 05, 2014
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Gaza fisherman head out to sea during Tuesday's ceasefire | Imitiaz Tyab  

 

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire, which began at 8am on Tuesday morning. The truce had been negotiated by delegations in Egypt on Monday.


A report released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), stated that prior to the agreed ceasefire the death toll stood at 1,814 Palestinians, 1,312 were innocent civilians of whom 408 were children and 214 were women. 9,536 people have been injured, including 2,877 children.


67 Israelis have been killed, including 64 soldiers, two civilians and one foreign national.


“We don’t have any guarantees the siege will be removed”


According to Haaretz, the Israeli military withdrew from Gaza at 8am on Tuesday following the completion of their mission to destroy all tunnels from Gaza into Israel. 


“Israel will honor the ceasefire and will be watching to see if Hamas does too,” said Israeli government spokesperson, Mark Regev.


“It’s clear now that the interest of all parties is to have a ceasefire. It’s going to be tough negotiations because Israel has demands too. We don’t have any guarantees the siege will be removed,” said Bassam Salhi, a member of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo.


During the 72-hour ceasefire it is hoped that a more permanent ceasefire will be negotiated and agreed on by both Israel and Hamas.


A Palestinian delegation has been in Cairo since Sunday to discuss a possible end to hostilities in Gaza.  Both Israel and Hamas have a set of demands. Israel is to send a delegation to Cairo on Tuesday. 


Israel must be held “accountable for its crimes”


Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad al-Malki, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The purpose of the Foreign Minister’s visit is to push for a war crimes case against Israel. 


The visit follows a request from Malki last month to end Israel’s impunity and to hold the government “accountable for its crimes,” in Gaza. 


"Everything that has happened in the last 28 days is clear evidence of war crimes committed by Israel, amounting to crimes against humanity…There is no difficulty for us to show or build the case. Evidence is there ... Israel is in clear violation of international law,” Malki told reporters at the Hague on Tuesday.


The ICC, established in 2002, was created to prosecute individuals for war crimes. The ICC is a court of last resort; meaning that it’s intervention is on the basis of a country’s unwillingness or inability to carry out its own investigation, according to Reuters.


Israel is not currently a member of the ICC and therefore the court has no jurisdiction to carry out an investigation. The UN Security Council can grant jurisdiction.


“I can no longer support [UK] Government policy on Gaza”


Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the only Muslim woman in the UK government cabinet resigned on Tuesday. 


Warsi’s letter of resignation was sent to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and stated, “I can no longer support [UK] Government policy on Gaza” which she deemed  is “morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long term effect on our reputation internationally and domestically.”


“Journalists have a right to life and work”


A rally for press freedoms took place in Ramallah, West Bank on Tuesday.  Photographers, TV presenters and writers carried symbolic coffins and banners with the pictures and names of the 11 journalist killed in Gaza in the past month, according to Al Jazeera. The banners read “Journalists have a right to life and work.”


Haaretz have reported that at approximately 2pm on Tuesday a security guard working at the entrance to the settlement Ma’ale Adumim was wounded in an attempted stabbing. The guard opened fire on the assailant who managed to escape. 

 

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