Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Brief Pause in Gaza Attacks for Relief Supplies

Israel agreed on a brief suspension of the fighting for three hours today permit humanitarian relief goods to reach the beleaguered Gazan population. There is a chance that this will be repeated. It is a step in the right direction, but it is not nearly enough.

This came the day after the Israelis shelled a United Nations school in Gaza, which killed over 40 Palestinians, most of them women and children, who had come for protection. The United Nations school was clearly marked, and GPS coordinates had been provided to the Israelis. This is a crime, not that I think the Israelis meant to attack the school, but this is what happens when you use war as your main tool. This has caused international pressure to increase on Israel.

Thus today there was a brief break to the violence in Gaza, which allowed for some relief supplies to reach Palestinian civilians who have been caught in the cross-fire.

Too bad it could not last, after the three hour lull Israeli strikes and Hamas rocket fire resumed.

Talk of a possible cease-fire continues.

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