Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, the IDF and armed Palestinian groups largely maintain the ceasefire for a 2d day. However, in one incident, IDF troops open fire in the direction of a group of civilians inspecting a destroyed park nr. Shuja‘iya, causing no injuries. Palestinians conduct search and rescue efforts around Gaza and around 12 bodies are recovered from the rubble. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 3 villages nr. Jenin in the morning, and in 1 village nr. Nablus at night. (AFP, AP, JP, MNA, REU 8/6; PCHR 8/7)

In Cairo, indirect, mediated talks continue between Israel and the Palestinian delegation, with the goal of extending the cease-fire. There are no signs of progress, and Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq tells journalists that the group will continue to insist on ending the siege, the release of rearrested prisoners, an airport and seaport for Gaza, and safe passage between the West Bank and Gaza. (AFP, AP, MNA, REU 8/6)

In the evening, an Israeli official says that there is an agreement to extend the existing cease-fire by a further 72 hours, which is scheduled to end on 8:00 A.M. on 8/8. However, Hamas official Abu Marzuq contradicts this report and says there is no such agreement on an extension. (AFP, AP, JP, REU 8/6)