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8/28/2014 (2 years ago)

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Netanyahu says Gaza was 'hit hard and got none of its demands'

Saying that the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory." In the meantime, Hamas has also claimed the truce represents a victory for Gaza -- and held a large rally to celebrate it.

At least 2,140 people, chiefly civilians, have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Another 11,000 people have been injured.

At least 2,140 people, chiefly civilians, have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Another 11,000 people have been injured.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/28/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Israeli PM Netanyahu, Gaza, ceasefire, casualties


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ceasefire came into effect after 50 days of fierce fighting in which more than 2,200 people died, most of them Palestinians.

Netanyahu, speaking on television, said Hamas had been "hit hard" and threatened an even tougher response should there be so much as a "sprinkle" of rocket fire from Gaza adding that Israel "didn't agree to accept any of Hamas' demands."

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The United Nation's World Food Program said one of its convoys had entered Gaza for the first time since 2007, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days. Fishing boats also took to the sea as restrictions were eased. Thousands of Palestinians began to return to their homes as the truce held.

Engineers in the meantime struggled to repair infrastructure damaged by Israeli air strikes and shellfire.

Sirens warning of incoming rocket fire were finally silent in Israel. The military said there had been no violations of the ceasefire since it took effect.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the end of hostilities, but warned that a brighter future for civilians who have been affected depends on a sustainable truce.

"After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible," he said.

Under the agreement of the ceasefire, there will be a relaxing of Israeli and Egyptian border controls to allow humanitarian supplies and construction materials into Gaza, and the widening of the territory's fishing zone.

Both sides have also agreed to address more contentious issues, such as Palestinian demands for a seaport in Gaza and the release of Hamas prisoners in the West Bank. Israel has called for Gaza's militants to be disarmed in indirect talks that should begin in Cairo within a month.

At least 2,140 people, chiefly civilians, have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Another 11,000 people have been injured.

The Israeli authorities say 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed, along with six Israeli civilians and a Thai national.

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