Israel announces 7-hr cease-fire
An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet - REUTERS/Baz Ratner

CAIRO: Israel will observe a cease-fire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza,  Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee announced Monday , adding it would give “a chance to thousands of Palestinians going back their home.”

“If this cease-fire were violated, the Israel Defense Forces will respond even during the truce” Adraee said on his Facebook page, adding that the cease-fire would be applied on most of Gaza areas, except the south sector including Rafah, as the military forces will continue its activity.

Al-Arabiya reported Monday that Sami Abu Zuhri, the official spokesperson for Hamas said the Israeli measure was an “attempt to divert attention from the occupation massacres.”

The U.S. and U.N. brokered a 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas was broken two hours after its start on Saturday; both sides blamed each other on breaching the truce. Sky News reported that Israel violated the truce after targeting eastern Rafah.

Two Israeli and Palestinian delegations were expected to reach Egypt for cease-fire talks, but only the Palestinian delegation arrived Egypt Friday night, as the Israel announced that they would not send its representatives.

As of Monday morning, the death toll for Palestinians in the Israeli operation that began in early July was 1,813 killed, and 9,400 injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra.

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