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UN Rapporteur Says End Of Truce Is A ‘Serious Mistake’

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As the Israeli military resumes its strikes on Gaza and rockets are fired from southerm Gaza into Israel, aid agencies say resuming fighting will worsen the already dire humanitarian situation in the strip.

Francesca Albanese, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, told the BBC Newshour programme that the end of the truce was a “serious mistake”.

“It’s irresponsible given the humanitarian catastrophe that people in Gaza are in,” Albanese said.

“The population in Gaza… cannot bear any more violence, any more bombing,” she added.

Asked what she thought was the best solution moving forward, she said that the international community “should exercise true leadership in upholding international law as the only possible way out, in the interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Albanese said that to allow the demilitarisation of Hamas and the withdrawal of the Israeli army, there needs to be an independent peace-keeping operation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council to follow and report on human rights situations in certain regions.

A temporary pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas came to an end this morning, with rockets being fired to and from Gaza.

Both sides have accused each other of breaching the deal. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than 100 people have been killed since this morning.

The Lebanese militia group, Hezbollah, has fired on Israeli army positions across the border following the resumption of fighting in Gaza.

Israeli forces say they returned fire and shot down what they described as an aerial target launched from Lebanon.

Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, says that two people were killed in the southern Lebanese border town of Houla.

Before the week-long pause in fighting in Gaza, about a hundred people – mostly Lebanese fighters – were killed during frequent exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israeli forces.

Hamas in Gaza has also launched a barrage of rockets at Israel, setting off alarms in several central Israeli towns.

The militants say one targeted Tel Aviv, and there are no reports of injuries.

(BBC)

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