Raw: Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza


Israel and Hamas have begun a humantarian cease-fire, so Gaza citizens can get supplies. Israeli police say at least two rockets were fired from Gaza during the truce. (July 17)



Gaza City, Gaza Strip - 17 July, 2014

1. Various, Large crowd outside a branch of Bank of Palestine trying to withdraw money during humanitarian ceasefire


A large crowd gathered outside a bank in central Gaza City on Thursday and Palestinians rushed to buy supplies as Israel and Hamas began observing a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

Fighting raged right up to the start of the ceasefire and Israel vowed it would retaliate if Hamas breaks the calm.

The two sides agreed to the cease-fire following a request by the United Nations, to allow Palestinians to stock up on food, water and other necessities.

As the cease-fire began, the Bank of Palestine opened one of its branches in Gaza City's Rimal neighbourhood, with hundreds of people lining up to withdraw money.

Just hours before the ceasefire began, at least three people were killed in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, when an Israeli tank shell hit a house, Palestinian officials said, and Israel's military said it thwarted an attack by more than a dozen Gaza militants who tunnelled under the border.

The pause comes on the 10th day of fighting that has seen Israel carry out more than a thousand air strikes on the embattled Palestinian territory as Hamas has fired a similar number of rockets into Israel, extending their range to the country's economic and cultural heartland.

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