Israel Declares Daily “Tactical” Pause in Fighting

Tel Aviv: no armed hostilities 08:00 to 19:00, decision should allow for increased humanitarian aid flow to Gaza

After confirming the killing of eight Israeli soldiers during the Rafah operation in southern Gaza, the Jewish state’s armed forces announced Sunday, June 16, that they will observe a daily “tactical pause” in southern Gaza in order to “increase the amount of humanitarian aid flowing” into the Palestinian territory.

“A local tactical pause in military activity for humanitarian reasons will be observed from 08:00 to 19:00 every day until further notice, from the Israeli entry point Kerem Shalom to Salah al-Din Road and then northward,” Israel said in a statement. The decision came as part of efforts to “increase the amount of humanitarian aid flowing into Gaza” after discussions with the UN and other organizations, the military added.

The statement came at a time when hopes for a lasting and durable ceasefire agreement, on the international diplomatic front, appear to be melting away due to disagreements between Israel and Hamas that “leave little chance of implementing the plan announced in late May by US President Joe Biden.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations said that “famine threatens Gaza, where 75% of the 2.4 million residents have been displaced as the result of the war.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 8000 children under the age of five have been treated for acute malnutrition in Gaza.