Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

A photo taken on July 14, 2018 shows Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza City towards Israel. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Hamas, Israel agree on Gaza cease-fire: Hamas spokesman

  • It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war
  • Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel agreed to a cease-fire early Saturday, a spokesman for the Palestinian party said, after five people including an Israeli soldier were killed Friday.
“With Egyptian and UN efforts, we reached (an agreement) to return to the previous state of calm between the (Israeli) occupation and the Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.
It was the second such cease-fire agreement between the parties in a week and came amid growing fears of a new war.
On Friday an Israeli soldier was shot dead by Palestinian fire along the border, the first killing of a soldier in and around Gaza since a 2014 war between Hamas and the Jewish state.
Three Hamas fighters were killed as Israel retaliated with airstrikes on dozens of targets.
A fourth Palestinian man was killed after being shot during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.


UN urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

Updated 18 April 2019
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UN urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

GENEVA: A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after fleeing Daesh's last stronghold.
"Children should be treated first and foremost as victims. Any solutions must be decided on the basis of the best interest of the child," Panos Moumtzis, UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, told a Geneva briefing.
Solutions must be found "irrespective of children's age, sex or any perceived family affiliation", he said.