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Conditions for a Gaza ceasefire

Israeli artilleryIsrael has ignored mounting international calls for a ceasefire and said it will not stop its crippling assault on Gaza until “peace and tranquility” are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire.

Israeli forces seized control of buildings and attacked smuggling tunnels and several mosques in a campaign against Hamas militants that took an increasing toll on civilians. Three young brothers were reported killed during shelling. Palestinian wounded filled hospital corridors.

Three Israeli soldiers were killed when an errant tank shell hit their position outside Gaza City. The Israeli military said 24 were also wounded, one critically and three seriously.

Arab delegates have met with the United Nations Security Council in New York, urging members to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate end to the Israeli attacks and a permanent ceasefire. At the same time, diplomats and European leaders travelled the region in an effort to stop Israel’s expanding ground and air offensive.

Gaza health officials reported that since the campaign began on December 27, more than 550 Palestinians have been killed and 2,500 wounded, including 200 civilians. UN humanitarian chief John Holmes told reporters in New York on Monday that UN officials believe at least 500 people have been killed in the fighting and that as many as 25 percent are civilians.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes called the Gaza strife an “increasingly alarming” humanitarian crisis, directly contradicting Israeli denials that its offensive caused the growing problem. He said Gaza is running low on clean water, power, food, medicine and other supplies since Israel began its offensive. Israeli leaders have maintained there is no humanitarian crisis, and that they have been delivering vital supplies.

Israel has three main demands: an end to Palestinian attacks, international supervision of any truce, and a halt to Hamas rearming. Hamas demands an end to Israeli attacks and the opening of border crossings to vital cargo.

Source: The Press Association

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