Truce shall prevail

Scores of corpses were pulled out from rubble in Gaza during the humanitarian ceasefire yesterday, taking the toll in the Israeli offensive to over 1,000

Gaza: The bodies of around 130 Palestinians were found under the rubble in eastern Gaza city and the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis during the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, taking the toll in the Israeli offensive to 1,030 yesterday.

Palestinian women
Palestinian women react during the truce in Gaza yesterday. Pic/AFP

According to Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, rescue teams, medical crews and paramedics pulled out the corpses from the rubble. The toll over the past 19 days of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has climbed to over 1,000 while more than 6,000 people have been wounded.

12-hour ceasefire
On Friday night, both the Islamic Hamas movement and Israel accepted a UN proposal for a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire starting 8 am on Saturday to enable rescue teams and paramedics to search for bodies and evacuate the wounded.

The interior ministry in Gaza asked people not to go to areas close to the Israeli army ground forces in a bid to avoid confrontations. “Before the 12-hour ceasefire came into effect, 27 Palestinians were killed all over the Gaza Strip after midnight and at predawn,” said al-Qedra, adding that the worst was when 20 members of a family were killed together in one strike on their house at predawn in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis.

Since the ceasefire, rescue teams with ambulances and paramedics have begun looking for survivors, picking up corpses and seeing whether there were still wounded people under the rubble in both Sheja’eya in eastern Gaza city and in Khan Younis.

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