JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel agreed to allow a two-hour humanitarian truce in a Gaza City neighbourhood.
The Red Cross on Sunday requested the two-hour humanitarian truce in the Shuja’iya neighbourhood near Gaza City, where heavy fighting has been reported in recent hours, with at least 40 Gazans reported dead.
Hamas reportedly requested the truce through the Red Cross in order to evacuate the dead and injured. The truce began at 1:30 pm.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman said in a tweet that it ordered civilians in the neighbourhood “days ago” to evacuate for their own safety. “Hamas ordered them to stay. Hamas put them in the line of fire,” he said.
Residents of the area on Sunday were again called on to evacuate the city, with instructions to move west and cross the Salah ad-Din road to Gaza City.
Any attempt to violate the cease-fire “will not be tolerated,” the IDF said in a statement.
Rocket fire on Israel continued from the area during the cease-fire, according to the IDF.