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Israel is considering a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza conflict
Gaza / New York. According to a media report, the Israeli security cabinet wants to vote on a proposal on Thursday that provides for a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The ceasefire should then take effect within 24 hours, reported the Israeli television station Kan. According to Egyptian security circles, a ceasefire is imminent. For the time being there were no confirmations for this.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the plan for a ceasefire to his cabinet on Thursday, the German press agency learned from Egyptian security circles. "Egypt guarantees an end to the rocket attacks from Gaza after Israel's announcement that it will cease fire from its side," said Cairo.
Egypt mediates in the current conflict
Egypt is mediating in the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and had also worked towards a ceasefire in the Gaza war in 2014. In the past few days, however, Israel had refused the offer of mediation by the once hostile neighboring state.
UN General Secretary António Guterres had previously called for an immediate ceasefire in the escalated Gaza conflict between Israel and militant Palestinians. "The fighting must stop immediately," said Guterres on Thursday at a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. The reports of the deaths of many civilians shocked him badly, said Guterres. "If there is a hell on earth, it is the life of the children in Gaza."
Merkel clearly on the side of Israel
Previously, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel had clearly sided with Israel in the Middle East conflict. There is Israel's right to self-defense, "that's what we stand for," said Merkel on Thursday in the WDR Europaforum. "That is why it is right for Israel to defend itself - and to defend itself massively," she added. Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had previously expressed his country's solidarity with the Israeli government on a visit to Israel.
After a short break, rocket alarms were triggered again on Thursday in Israeli locations on the border with the Gaza Strip. Previously, the Israeli air force had once again bombed parts of the extensive tunnel system of Hamas, which ruled the Gaza Strip, during the night. Dozens of targets of the so-called Metro were attacked within 24 hours. The army also published a video of the Hamas' extensive underground facility. According to the armed forces, the Islamists had built the tunnel system over years. It is hundreds of kilometers long and is used, among other things, to move fighters, ammunition and food within the Gaza Strip, sometimes with vehicles.
Fired at strategically important locations
Accordingly, nodes and other strategically important locations on the network were shot at. The "Metro" is largely located under the city of Gaza in the north of the Gaza Strip. In addition, other targets were shot at in the coastal area: the house of a commandant in Khan Yunis, a Hamas arms factory and several rocket launchers.
According to the Israeli army, militant Palestinians have fired around 4,070 rockets in the direction of Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past week and a half. Of these, about 610 fell in the Palestinian Territory on the Mediterranean before they reached Israeli territory, the military said on Thursday. The Israeli defense system iron dome ("Iron Dome") has an interception rate of around 90 percent.
Mutual shelling since May 10th
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 219 people have been killed and around 1,530 injured in the mutual shelling, which has been going on since May 10, in the Gaza Strip. According to official figures, there were twelve dead and hundreds injured in Israel. The UN Security Council last discussed the conflict in a closed session on Tuesday. The General Assembly wants to deal with the topic again on Thursday.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session next week to deal with the situation in the Palestinian Territories. Pakistani and Palestinian representatives requested the meeting in Geneva, a UN spokesman reported. The meeting is due to take place on Thursday
The Pakistani-Palestinian motion makes no mention of the situation in Israel. In the past, the United States in particular had criticized the anti-Israel atmosphere in the Human Rights Council. UN human rights experts pointed out this week that there are strong indications of Israeli and Palestinian war crimes in the current conflict as civilians on both sides are under fire.
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