Sunday 22 July, 2018 Brief Update: Gaza Ceasefire


The Israel-Hamas Gaza ceasefire is holding steady for the moment. The truce ended the latest round of frenzied clashes along one of the world’s most volatile borders. It began on Friday when an Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper. This was the first killing of a soldier around the border since 2014. Israel responded promptly with airstrikes against dozens of military targets in Gaza. Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations moved quickly to prevent the situation from exploding.  Hamas eventually ended up requesting a ceasefire through the Egyptians and Israel agreed.

This is the third ceasefire to be brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas this year. Weekly demonstrations along the border between Gaza and Israel have kept tensions high since they began in March. Over 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the protests, however, there appears to be no end to the demonstrations in sight. During the same time period, Palestinians would frequently launch incendiary kites and balloons across the border, causing significant damage to Israeli farmland. Israel has long accused Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover for attempts to breach the border and conduct attacks on Israelis.




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