Fighting suspended for Gaza convoys in flashpoint areas

2014-07-23 15:39
The ambulance carrying the body of a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was killed by armed men near the city of Sirte, Libya. (AP Photo via AP video)

The ambulance carrying the body of a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was killed by armed men near the city of Sirte, Libya. (AP Photo via AP video)

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Gaza City - Fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants was briefly suspended in several flashpoint areas of Gaza on Wednesday to allow convoys of ambulances to retrieve the wounded, an ICRC spokesperson said.

"A convoy of seven ambulances and two Red Cross cars went inside Shejaiya to evacuate the wounded," ICRC spokesperson Cecilia Goin told AFP, saying the move had been coordinated with both Israel and Hamas.

A second convoy of nine ambulances and two Red Cross vehicles went into Khuzaa near the southern city of Khan Yunis, an area which also came under very heavy Israeli fire overnight, she said.

A third team went into the northern town of Beit Hanun, the agency said.

"We have coordinated with both Hamas and the Israelis to be able to take out the wounded," Goin told AFP, indicating both sides had agreed to hold their fire, although it was not immediately clear for how long.

There was no immediate comment from the Israelis and an AFP correspondent in Khuzaa said the shooting appeared to be ongoing.

Located between Gaza City and the border, Shejaiya is a densely-populated district which came under an intensive Israeli bombardment on Sunday which medics say killed at least 75 people and left bodies lying on the ground.

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