EU calls on Israel and Hamas to respect ceasefire in Gaza Strip

The European Union (EU) today urged the Israeli army and Hamas to respect the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire agreed between the two sides yesterday and broken this morning, shortly after it entered into force.

“It is absolutely necessary that the truce be applied, respected and, more importantly, that it lead to the end of the loss of civilian lives,” Foreign Community spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told a news conference.

The spokesperson regretted that the ceasefire was not actually carried out and recalled that the EU has repeatedly called for an agreement to end hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

More than 1,400 Palestinians and 63 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the Israeli army offensive three weeks ago, and a quarter of the population of the Gaza Strip is at risk.