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Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNOUNCED: 72-Hour Cease Fire In Gaza-IDF to Remain in Place-Longer Term Truce Negotiations Begin in Cairo

Just announce Israel and Hamas have agreed to a unconditional humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning 8pm Jerusalem time and will last for 72 hours and all troops will remain in place (in other words Israel will continue to destroy tunnels). All parties will travel to Cairo to attempt to work out a longer truce. 

The Joint Statement announcing the ceasefire made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry follows:

New York, 31 July 2014 - Joint Statement by the Secretary-General and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014.  It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended.  During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place.

We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire.

This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured and restocking food supplies.  Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period.

Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo for negotiations with the Government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire. The parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.

We thank key regional stakeholders for their vital support of this process, and count on a continued collaborative international effort to assist Egypt and the parties reach a durable ceasefire as soon as possible.

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