UNRWA: We hope that the ceasefire in Gaza will last

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Gaza Strip (UNRWA) is still on high alert and hopes the ceasefire will last, the director of UNRWA’s operations in the Gaza Strip said.

The UN official said in a statement issued Friday, seen by Anatolia: “We hope that the ceasefire agreement reached to end the two-day escalation between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip.”

“It is totally unacceptable that civilians, especially children, lose their lives in such a horrific way; these are children who should be studying, enjoying their childhood and preparing for the future.”

“What causes suffering is not only that innocent civilians have been killed or seriously injured, but that we have to acknowledge and address the psychosocial effects as well as the constant fears and shocks these escalations have on the population,” he said.

From dawn Tuesday until dawn Thursday, the Israeli army launched a military operation in Gaza, which began with the assassination of a senior commander in the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, Baha Abu al-Atta and his wife.

A ceasefire between Israel and Islamic Jihad was announced Thursday morning, two days after Israel launched a military operation that left 34 martyrs, including eight children and three women, and wounded 111 others.


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