Cease-fire continues to hold in Gaza

The truce took effect just after midnight (2101 GMT), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel.


An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo.

The truce took effect just after midnight (2101 GMT), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the cease-fire would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighbourhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal.

On Monday morning, high school students in Gaza filed the streets as they headed off to pick up their graduation certificates after the Education Ministry said they'd be ready. People waited to buy fuel for generators as power and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged in the fighting. Long lines formed at ATMs.

In Cairo, negotiators said talks would resume at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) Monday. The four-member Israeli delegation arrived at Cairo International Airport earlier that morning.

The monthlong war, pitting the Israeli military against rocket-firing Hamas militants, has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians, Palestinian and U.N. officials msay. In Israel, 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers, officials there say.

The fighting ended in a three-day cease-fire last Tuesday. Egypt had hoped to use that truce to mediate a long-term deal. But when it expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking Israeli reprisals. The violence continued throughout the weekend, including a burst of fighting late Sunday ahead of the expected cease-fire.

Last week's talks failed in part because Israel rejected Hamas' mdemand for a complete end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, enforced by Egypt and Israel. Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent arms smuggling, and officials do not want to make any concessions that would allow Hamas to declare victory.

The blockade has greatly limited the movement of Palestinians in and out of the impoverished territory of 1.8 million people for jobs and schooling. It has also limited the flow of goods into Gaza and blocked virtually all exports. Unemployment there is more than 50 per cent.

Bassam Salhi, a Palestinian delegation member, said he was optimistic ahead of Monday's talks. ``We hope to reach a deal within the 72 hours, based on ending the blockade and opening the crossings,'' Salhi said.

Israeli officials had walked away from negotiations over continued fire from Gaza. ``Israel will not negotiate under fire,'' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier Sunday, warning that his country's military campaign ``will take time.''

The current Gaza war escalated from the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June. Israel blamed the killings on Hamas and launched a massive arrest campaign, rounding up hundreds of its members in the West Bank. Hamas and other militants unleashed rocket fire from Gaza.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/11/2014 10:42 AM
    Hamas seems the least interested in any sort of resolution here.
  2. AbbyW posted on 08/11/2014 11:25 AM
    Hamas only agreed to the ceasefire because Saudi Arabia promised to provide money and aid to Gaza. Hamas has also been busy executing tunnel workers to prevent them from disclosing locations.
  3. StuG posted on 08/11/2014 11:27 AM
    i read last week that Israel receives over 3 billion in aid from the Americans yearly.
    according to their population that's over $700 a year per citizen the article stated. wow!
    i wonder how Americans feel about their hard earned tax money going to basically supporting a military proxy 53rd state. I guess business is good for the American military industrial complex these days
    1. AbbyW posted on 08/11/2014 01:58 PM
      @StuG If organizations like Hamas are left to their own devices it won't be long before they attack other Western nations. Look at ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc. as perfect examples. $ 3 Billion is a lot cheaper to help maintain democracy than lost lives (and I don't mean to disrespect all the western lives lost in fighting for democracy against terrorists like Hamas and the others.

      Assuming for a moment you're Christian, try living with your religion in some of these muslim countries. They already eliminated most/all of the Jews and the Christians are now their next target.

      If you're familiar with history, if it weren't for US aid in WWII we might all be speaking German or Japanese today, but I guess it's easy to be an armchair quarterback when you're life isn't (yet) at stake.
    2. AdrianoC1981 posted on 08/11/2014 08:25 PM
      @AbbyW The Jews are launching missiles into highly populated civilian areas!!!!!!! Killing innocent children, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers too. But still, ignorant people like you call Hamas the terrorist. Hamas are launching fireworks at israel(who in turn are blowing up at least 95% of them with the so call "Iron Shield"). Israel is targeting UN designated areas, and yet the stupid Americans and Canadians still back the Jews although they are the ones acting like the terrorists. Why isn't Israel getting sanctioned for all the innocent people(including many children) that they have killed???? Vladimir Putin and Russia have been sanctioned for a lot less if you ask me. They really didn't even kill a single soul before the first sanctions were tossed their way. Don't be brainwashed by the western media, do some research and try to figure it out yourself.
    3. AbbyW posted on 08/11/2014 11:45 PM
      @AdrianoC1981 Did you just crawl out from under a rock? Hamas has been firing rockets against Israeli citizens for years. They recently decided to kidnap 3 kids and murder them. They've been building tunnels to move arms to attack Israeli citizens. Their mandate is to wipe Israel off the map. I could go on and on but you're obviously so brainwashed you won't rest until Hamas kills all Israelis.

      If you don't believe Israel has a right to defend itself you're as morally bankrupt as Hamas, ISIS, and every other terrorist group that is bent on murdering innocent civilians.
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 08/13/2014 12:30 PM
      @AdrianoC1981 Please stop calling rockets and mortar fire fireworks- cuz they are not.
      Lets launch some "fireworks" into your backyard- I'm sure you wouldn't mind.
    5. AdrianoC1981 posted on 08/13/2014 12:45 PM
      @Karl Burgin Although I truly do normally agree with a lot of your posts and ideology, on this particular one I don't Karl. If these rockets and mortars were not glorified fireworks, then there would be a lot more civilian casualties in Israel. The whole world sees that the Jews are the ones in the wrong here, just no politicians have the courage to stand up for what they think is right. Ask yourself Karl, is it right for the Israeli army to kill all these innocent people in gaza? Or, should they instead be looking for these so called terrorists(Hamas) and apprehend them one at a time and limit the amount of civilian casualties? Which do you believe is more humane?
    6. Fact Provider posted on 08/13/2014 01:10 PM
      @Karl Burgin Compared to the laser-guided sophisticated weaponry that Israel has thanks to American generosity, "fireworks" is indeed a fairly accurate depiction of the Palestinian "armaments".

      What is being thrown at Israel is either 30 years old or homemade.
      Do some reading and learn some real truth.
    7. Karl Burgin posted on 08/13/2014 01:12 PM
      @AdrianoC1981 The reasons why there isn't as much Israeli civilian causalities, is because they actually invested in utilizing technology to defend themselves against incoming fire.
      Think about it....the Israelis didn't invest (necessarily) in technology in hopes of bolstering their firepower- even though they have the means to do so.

      And I do apologize about snapping earlier. But I am getting rather of people reducing thousands of missile and mortar fire into Israel as nothing more than glorified fireworks. That is a talking point that is unfortunately permeating into the media, and reducing the Hamas threat.
      I can guarantee you AdrianoC1981, if this type of fire was against any U.S/Western troops, the retaliation fire wouldn't be much different.

      As for the killing of women and children in Gaza- I blame Hamas for that
      1.> Stop using your civilians as human shields. And stop being cowardly by hiding in schools and hospitals while you wage your war.
      2.> If the Hamas really cared about their populace, they would seek any means necessary to stop the war. Except here, they are not interested yet. And even if/when they are, you have to somehow guarantee its not to replenish arms to start the entire thing all over again.

      And I am acutely aware that the world is slowly beginning to see Israel in the wrong here. To the point where U.K. is removing some support, and the U.S. president and other officials are frowning against the Israeli offensive.
      It is at the same time worrying that people are falling for the propaganda tactics- because it seems to be working. You have other groups on the same logic level as Hamas (Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, ISIS) who have no qualms torturing and killing other religious minorities in other parts of the world- all being civilians who are unarmed and pose no threat.

      I'm sorry AdrianoC, but I simply cannot see how Hamas is in the right here, and Israel being in the wrong. Hamas wants to wins this by any means necessary. And it seems to be, if it means a number of the citizens being killed with the world watching to make their case, its a win for them.
    8. Angry Bill posted on 08/13/2014 01:16 PM
      @AdrianoC1981 Adriano... you do realize that the Israelis aren't targeting innocent children, civilians, schools, and what not? No, I didn't think so. You are blasting Israel for defending itself, but you refuse to blast Hamas for hiding bombs and rockets and other weapons in schools, mosques, urban areas, and around areas where they KNOW innocents live? Hamas is using their own people as human shields, for the sole express purpose of being able to get people such as yourself to blast Israel when they try to destroy the weapons that Hamas has put there in the first place.

      So, why don't you tell me, Adriano.. who is worse? Israel who has no other option, or Hamas, who willingly and without hesitation turn their own children into targets by hiding amongst them?

      If you still don't get it, let me draw it out for you further. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that Israel refuses to defend itself, because Hamas is using its own children as human shields. What would happen? Well, perhaps Hamas will get more and more weapons, rockets and terrorists until they have enough to carry out their publicly stated mandate, which is to WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE FRIKKEN' EARTH??

      Israel knows exactly what it's facing. Total annihilation and genocide. They don't kill kids because they want to. They do it because they have to.. because Hamas keeps using their own kids to hide themselves and their weapons behind. The alternative is to lay down and let Israel cease to exist, along with everyone who calls themselves Jewish.

      You are obviously okay with that. In that case, why don't you call up Hamas and offer them the basement of YOUR home to hide themselves and their rockets and bombs in, while you, your wife and your kids live upstairs?
    9. Angry Bill posted on 08/13/2014 01:21 PM
      @Fact Provider You should probably follow your own advice, Fact Un-Provider, and do some reading, instead of cherry-picking in order to further your own ignorance.
    10. AbbyW posted on 08/13/2014 01:25 PM
      @Fact Provider Since you and AdrianoC believe these rockets/mortars are mere fireworks why don't you both volunteer to stand in a courtyard without any shelter while they're being lobbed at you. If you don't die then you'd be right. If you do then you'd be wrong. It's like the Salem witch hunts where they burned the witches alive. If they died they weren't witches and if they didn't die they were. FYI they all died.
    11. AbbyW posted on 08/13/2014 01:45 PM
      @AdrianoC1981 If 1000 Israelis show you a paper that is white and one Gaza resident tells you it's really black you'd obviously believe it's black.

      So long as people think the way you do this fighting will never end, which makes your way of thinking the problem.
  4. Fact Provider posted on 08/11/2014 11:29 AM
    With his 25 plus years of war mongering proclivity, Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to decimate the Gaza strip despite world outcry.

    But Hamas should stop their ridiculous and futile attempts, since they can't possibly outlast the Israeli military might.
    1. AbbyW posted on 08/11/2014 02:01 PM
      @Fact Provider I guess you support terrorism then.
  5. StuG posted on 08/11/2014 11:33 AM
    i read last week that Israel receives over 3 billion US from the Americans in aid yearly. according to their population in Israel the article states that's over $700 per citizen a year.
    wow! i wonder how the American tax payer feels about where there hard earned money is going to? basically supporting a 53rd American state military proxy.
    I guess these days business is good for the American military industrial complex
  6. Fact Provider posted on 08/13/2014 06:49 PM
    TO: Karl Burgin, Angry Bill and AbbyW:

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    Get yourselves properly informed and stop swallowing the propaganda perpetrated by the Jewish controlled western media in this regard.
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