Israel-Hamas ceasefire enters third day as talks continue

Published August 13th, 2014 - 04:42 GMT

The number of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza rises to 1,951 people as a truce between resistance movement Hamas and Israel enters its third day.

On Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli officials continued indirect talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo as patients faced shortage of medication in the blockaded sliver.

Egyptian mediators shuttle between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators at the headquarters of the country’s General Intelligence, where the talks are being held.

According to Israelis, there has not been any progress in the talks and gaps yet remain wide.

Hamas wants an end to Israel’s seven-year blockade on the coastal enclave, but Tel Aviv says it will only take the measure if Hamas disarms, a condition that has been rejected by the Palestinian resistance movement.

Meanwhile, Israeli minister of military affairs Moshe Ya'alon warned that the regime would resume its offensive against Gaza late on Wednesday if the two sides cannot reach a deal.

Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant air strikes against the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8. On July 17, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip.

An Egypt-brokered truce between the two sides came into effect at 2100 GMT on Sunday.

Nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of war, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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