24 hour ceasefire fails in Gaza

24 hour ceasefire fails in Gaza

Fighting has subsided in Gaza overnight, after Hamas Islamist militants confirmed they have backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there has been no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel.

The United Nations has called for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has questioned the validity of the truce, saying rockets are still being fired into Israel and while ever this occurs, Israel will defend itself.

“Hamas doesn’t even accept its own ceasefire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak,” he said in an interview with CNN, adding that Israel would “take whatever action is necessary to protect our people”.

Reports suggest more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the 20-day conflict.

Meanwhile Australia has announced it will provide $5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to people in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the government is deeply concerned with the continuing violence.

The funds will go towards emergency food, medical supplies, hygiene kits and psycho-social support.

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