UPDATES

Gaza ceasefires, a history

Aug 5, 2014 | Ahron Shapiro

Gaza ceasefires
news_item/israel.jpg

Israel has just announced its acceptance of another 72-hour ceasefire to begin this morning, Israel time. Following yesterday’s seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire announced by the IDF there have now been seven ceasefires the IDF has accepted in the current conflict. On the Hamas side, some of the ceasefires were accepted, some were rejected, but regardless, none have been respected by Hamas, which has continued to bombard Israel and carry out attacks during times the IDF has been holding its fire.

Lets take a look at some of those ceasefires, and their outcomes:

Tuesday, July 15

The IDF suspended strikes for a period of 6 hours. During this time, Hamas fired 47 rockets into Israel. In light of this, the IDF announced that it would resume its operation.

Thursday, July 17

In spite of an agreement by Israel to observe a humanitarian ceasefire with Gaza at the request of the UN, Hamas continued attacking.

Sunday, July 20

The IDF agreed to observe a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gazan neighbourhood of Shuja’iya at the request of the Red Cross, which was also acting at the urging of Hamas. Hamas violated the ceasefire by continuing to fire at Israel, including from a rocket launching site located near the Wafa hospital in Shuja’yia, according to the IDF.

Saturday, July 26

The IDF accepted a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire with Hamas and agreed to a UN request to extend it another 24 hours. Hamas held their fire during the initial window  but refused to extend the ceasefire and attacked even as Israel held its fire and a Hamas mortar killed an Israeli civilian.

Friday, August 1

The IDF agreed to a UN request for a 72-hour ceasefire. Hamas claimed to have accepted this ceasefire as well. However, Hamas used the opportunity to fire rockets and mortars into Israel and attack IDF forces in Gaza. Three IDF soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber and a number of other militants. It is understood that the attackers dragged the body of one of the soldiers, Hadar Goldin, into a tunnel. Neither the militants nor Goldin has since been located. Outrageously, some outlets falsely claimed Israel had broken the ceasefire, even in spite of ample evidence to the contrary, in the form of rocket sirens and explosions inside Israel. Hamas claimed that it was the IDF that had broken the ceasefire, and most Australian media refused to accept the verdict of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US President Barack Obama, who blamed Hamas, preferring to report neutrally that the truce had simply “collapsed”.

Monday, August 4
Israel announced a humanitarian ceasefire between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hamas launched 31 rockets, scattered throughout the ceasefire period, with reports of volleys of rockets launched at 12:0812:3212:401:022:243:143:173:294:21.

Ahron Shapiro

 

 

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


A year ago, Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid,  seen here with then-President Reuven Rivlin, were announcing the formation of their Government. Last week, they held a press conference to announce its dissolution (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Israel headed for yet another election

Jun 28, 2022 | Update
The diverse 8-party Israeli Government sworn in last June looks unlikely to last much longer. But what has it achieved during its year in office? (Photo: Avi Ohaion, Israeli Government Press Office)

One year later, Israel’s diverse Government looks shaky

Jun 18, 2022 | Update
A screenshot from a video released to the Iranian media by the regime showing workers shutting off the power to IAEA cameras at Iranian nuclear facilities. (Source: Tasnim News)

IAEA Board rebukes Iran; Iran shuts off IAEA surveillance cameras

Jun 11, 2022 | Update
While Iran's economy is currently in poor shape, estimates are that a nuclear deal could provide Teheran with up to US$275 billion within a year and US$800 billion over five years (Image: motioncenter, Shutterstock)

International implications of Iran’s economic unrest

May 31, 2022 | Update
Hezbollah does not hide its open affiliation with Iran - as these Hezbollah youth demonstrate - but the Middle Easterners are tired of the poverty, war and chaos that Iranian proxies bring to the countries they operate in. (Photo: nsf2019, Shutterstock)

Election setback for Hezbollah

May 21, 2022 | Update
Shireen Abu Akleh, the well-known Al Jazeera journalist who was killed during a firefight between Palestinians and the IDF in Jenin under unclear circumstances on Wednesday, May 11 (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Controversy follows tragic death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

May 13, 2022 | Update

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Image: Flickr

AIJAC testimony to Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Extremism

Image: John Theodor/ Shutterstock

Stability is at stake

India has historically had a distant relationship with Israel, but this has changed dramatically in recent years, as evidenced by the close relationship between former Israeli PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi (Image: Isranet)

Essay: Israel looks East

The struggle to succeed 86-year old PA President Mahmoud Abbas is consuming Palestinian politics (Image: Shutterstock)

Does Mahmoud Abbas finally have a successor?

Image: Shutterstock

Polls suggest yet another deadlocked election

Image: Flickr

AIJAC testimony to Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Extremism

Image: John Theodor/ Shutterstock

Stability is at stake

India has historically had a distant relationship with Israel, but this has changed dramatically in recent years, as evidenced by the close relationship between former Israeli PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi (Image: Isranet)

Essay: Israel looks East

The struggle to succeed 86-year old PA President Mahmoud Abbas is consuming Palestinian politics (Image: Shutterstock)

Does Mahmoud Abbas finally have a successor?

Image: Shutterstock

Polls suggest yet another deadlocked election

SORT BY TOPICS