#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 10 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said that unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without pre-conditions, the delegation will leave Cairo.
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, August 10, 2014. Photo by AP
Israel has said it will not take part in the talks while violence is ongoing.
Palestinians factions in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.
Israel has struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before Haaretz reported.
Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities persisted.
Sunday’s Live Events:
11:28 A.M. A 14-year-old boy was killed and three were wounded in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Earlier three Palestinians were killed in separate attacks in the Strip. The latest incidents raise the Palestinian death toll in the Israeli operation in Gaza to 1,917. According to Palestinian officials, 9,878 have been wounded.
11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the Gaza operation "will continue and will take time."
"Hamas won’t wear us down, and we will not negotiate under fire," he adds.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tells the cabinet: "Hamas must be defeated."
"We [must] clean up the area and leave as fast as possible. If only someone would have listened to me on day one, we would have been done already."
10:53 A.M. The Israel Air Force has struck 25 Gaza targets since midnight. (Gili Cohen)
10:49 A.M. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said during the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel must "break the Hamas’ military force in Gaza. This was true before and it is true now, residents of the Gaza envelope must be able to return safely to their homes." (Barak Ravid)
10:31 A.M. Prosecutors in Be’er Sheva are to press charges against six Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad for their involvement in rocket fire on Israel and the digging of tunnels from Gaza. The six were arrested after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8. (Shirley Seidler)
9:39 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in Eshol Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)
8:44 A.M. Palestinian negotiator Bassam Salhi, who represents a small PLO faction, says his team met late Saturday with Egyptian mediators.
In the meeting, the Palestinians were told that Egypt is in touch with Israeli officials and hopes to make progress, Salhi said.
"We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today," he says. (AP)
6:31 A.M. Two rockets exploded in open field in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)
6:14 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)
4:05 A.M. Latest rocket siren was a false alarm. (Israel Radio)
3:35 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in two Israeli towns by Gaza border. (Haaretz)
2:43 A.M. About 500 demonstrators in New York have turned out to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
They met near Columbus Circle and marched to United Nations headquarters Saturday, chanting: "Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!"
Zouleikha Ban says she was born in Algeria, but protesters feel they are all Palestinians because she says "there is no justice" in Gaza.
Protest organizers called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.
A social media movement aimed at uniting Jews and Arabs planned a silent protest and candlelight vigil in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near UN headquarters later Saturday.
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters demonstrated in front of a midtown Manhattan office building on Aug. 1 after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire broke down in Gaza. (AP)
12:05 A.M. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.
"Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan," Ahmed told Al Arabiya television.
"We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they will not return except with conditions."
Israel has said it will not take part in truce talks while violence is ongoing. Palestinians factions in Cairo for the negotiations refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport. (Reuters)
11:09 P.M. Israel Air Force struck a vehicle in Rafah carrying three Hamas militants. Approximately an hour earlier, the IDF targeted another Hamas member. More than 60 targets were hit in the Gaza Strip in past 24 hours. (Gili Cohen)