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World

Israeli army announces ‘tactical pause’ in part of southern Gaza

  • International mediators have been pressing Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire deal laid out by US President Joe Biden
Published June 16, 2024

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Israeli army announced on Sunday that it would implement a daily “tactical pause of military activity” in part of the southern Gaza Strip during daylight hours to facilitate the delivery of aid.

The army said in a statement that “a local, tactical pause of military activity for humanitarian purposes will take place from 08:00 until 19:00 every day until further notice along the road that leads from the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Salah al-Din Road and then northwards”.

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The decision was taken as part of efforts to “increase the volumes of humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip” following discussions with the UN and other organisations, it said.

Israel has long defended its efforts to facilitate aid deliveries, including through the Kerem Shalom crossing, but humanitarian groups have warned for months about a dire lack of food and other essentials in the besieged Palestinian territory.

The World Health Organisation has said more than 8,000 children under five have been treated for acute malnutrition in Gaza.

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International mediators have been pressing Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire deal laid out by US President Joe Biden to allow for hostage-prisoner exchanges and increased aid deliveries, but progress has stalled in recent days.

World Food Programme deputy executive director Carl Skau said recently that “with lawlessness inside the Strip and active conflict”, it has become “close to impossible to deliver the level of aid that meets the growing demands on the ground”.

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