The Israeli military announced that it will hold fire for seven hours Monday in parts of the Gaza Strip to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes.
The humanitarian truce, beginning at 10 a.m., would not apply in areas of the southern Gaza town of Rafah, the defense ministry said. The Israeli military would respond to any attacks during that time.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Sunday strongly condemned the killing of at least 10 Palestinians in shelling outside of a UN-run school in Gaza, which is offering shelter to thousands of Palestinian civilians. So too did the US Statement Department. Israel is investigating the incident to establish whether an DF shell hit the school or whether it was hit by an Islami Jihad cell shooting out of an area around the school.