Gaza conflict: Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire

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Gaza conflict Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefireBy Agency Reporter

Israel has announced a seven-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” in parts of Gaza, starting morning.

A senior Israeli military said the truce would not apply Rafah and that Israeli would respond if they came under attack.

Earlier, United Nations Ban Ki-moon described an Israeli strike near a UN-run in Gaza as “a moral outrage and a criminal act”.

Palestinian officials said at least 10 died in the attack Sunday.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed Sunday that it had begun withdrawing some from Gaza, saying it was “extremely close” completing its mission destroy a network of tunnels.

officials in Gaza say 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been and more than 9,000 since the conflict began nearly four weeks ago. [eap_ad_2] Sixty-six Israelis have died, all but of them soldiers. A Thai national working in Israel was also .

In the outrage that followed Sunday’s attack on the UN , Israel announced it would hold a “humanitarian window” in its Gaza offensive allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians return their homes.

The ceasefire would not include the town of Rafah, an IDF statement said, because there was an “Israeli military presence” there and “clashes were still ongoing”.

It said the truce would last from 10:00 local time (07:00 GMT) until 17:00 (14:00 GMT).

The Israeli army warned that it would “respond to any attempt to exploit this window” by Islamist militants in Gaza.

Hamas responded to the truce with suspicion and its spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, accused the IDF of attempting to “divert the attention from Israeli massacres”.[eap_ad_3]