The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has lasted until a third day, as mediators spoke with all sides about the prolongation of the calm period after the worst fighting erupted in recent years, which resulted in the death of at least 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, for Israeli bombing.
Egyptian mediators have been hauling between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to try to keep the ceasefire and have also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.
Egypt’s foreign minister would also meet with top Jordanian officials on Sunday to discuss escalation and ways to revive the Middle East peace process.
On Sunday, in a heavily damaged district of Gaza City, volunteers swept dust clouds at the foot of collapsed buildings, while others put rubble in the back of a donkey-pulled cart.
Elsewhere, dozens of Jewish settlers, flanked by heavily armed Israeli special forces, entered the grounds of the occupied Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, further escalating tensions hours after Palestinian faithful were beaten and assaulted by police. Israeli, according to the Islamic authority overseeing the site.
Citing witnesses, the Palestinian news agency WAFA said Israeli police had attacked Palestinian worshipers at dawn at the mosque on Sunday and “beaten them excessively” to make way for Israeli Jewish settlers to storm the compound. , the third holiest site in Islam. .
– Xuds de Xuds (@qudsn) May 23, 2021
– Xuds de Xuds (@qudsn) May 23, 2021
Translation: Protected by the occupation forces, the settlers storm the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa.
The occupation forces withdrew the youths from the Al-Aqsa mosque moments ago.
Lynn Hastings, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said Sunday that the UN would launch an appeal to repair the damage in the densely populated besieged enclave, where there is a threat of COVID-19 spread.
“The escalation has aggravated an already terrible humanitarian situation in Gaza, generated by nearly 14 years of blockade and internal political divisions, along with recurring hostilities,” Hastings said in a statement issued from Gaza.
“We also need to secure support to continue meeting the needs that already existed, including those arising from the ongoing pandemic.”
Israeli police crackdown on al-Aqsa mosque worshipers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threat of forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem had ignited protests in the occupied Palestinian territories. which were repressed by the Israeli police. too.
– Muhammad Smiry (@MuhammadSmiry) May 23, 2021
Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip, has given Israel a deadline to stop crackdowns. The deadline was ignored, prompting Hamas to fire rockets at Israel and Israel to launch an intense bombing campaign in Gaza.
Israel has blocked Gaza since 2007, saying this prevents Hamas from carrying weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking before an impending trip to the region, reaffirmed Washington’s support for a two-state solution so that Israelis and Palestinians can live “with equal security, peace. and of dignity “.
Jordan’s King Abdullah also stressed the importance of translating the Gaza ceasefire into a prolonged truce and said there was no alternative to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
King Abdullah called for “intensifying Arab and international efforts to translate the ceasefire into an extended truce to push for a political solution that meets the legitimate rights of the Palestinians,” the royal court wrote on Twitter.
Gaza has entered its third day of the ceasefire, but we can confirm that it is not yet a truce.
1- The only individual and commercial crossings in Gaza remain closed
2- and there is a total ban on fishing
3-3 hours of electricity a day.
4-there does not appear to be any progress in the negotiation 🤦🏻♀️
– Hana Salah (@HanaSalahGaza) May 23, 2021
Authorities began distributing tents and mattresses in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, as OCHA said at least 6,000 people had been left homeless by the bombing.
On Friday carrying much-needed medicines, food and fuel they entered Gaza on Friday via the Kerem Shalom Pass after Israel reopened it.
Palestinian officials have put the cost of reconstruction at tens of millions of dollars in Gaza.
Sitting drinking under an olive tree near his destroyed house in Gaza, Abou Yahya was furious.
“If I had 50 children, I would tell them to go fight Israel,” he said. Last week, an Israeli airstrike hit his home and reduced him to rubble, and he vowed to sleep on top of the rubble.
“My family has asked me to leave it, not to sleep here, but I won’t move,” he said. “This is my house.”