SA envoy urges Gaza ceasefire

South Africa’s two special envoys to the Middle East, Aziz Pahad and Zola Skweyiya, on Thursday called for an unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, before they headed to Qatar to meet Hamas. “South Africa is calling on the protagonists to the conflict to conclude an immediate and unconditional ceasefire that will[…]

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Israel army agrees 4-hour humanitarian lull

Israel was on Wednesday observing a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. The humanitarian window went into effect at 1200 GMT, although the Israeli army said it would not apply to areas where[…]

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Hamas agrees to 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza

Hamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT). Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement on Sunday the group took the decision after studying a UN proposal for a ceasefire and taking into consideration the[…]

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Gazans survey devastation as truce broken

The bodies of dozens of Palestinians were pulled from the ruins of bombed-out homes in Gaza on Saturday during a brief humanitarian truce that top diplomats meeting in Paris urged Israel and Palestinian faction Hamas to extend. The death toll from the 19-day Israeli offensive on Gaza reached 1,032 on[…]

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Ceasefire efforts mounting

International efforts for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza ramped up on Friday, as tensions erupted in the West Bank where four Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict[…]

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Libya warring factions agree to truce

Powerful militias battling for the Libyan capital’s airport have agreed a ceasefire, Tripoli said Friday, after the government sought UN help to stop the country from becoming a “failed state”. Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train Libya’s defence and police forces to[…]

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Egypt proposes ceasefire for Israel, Hamas

Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. The late-night offer by Egypt marked the first sign of a breakthrough[…]

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