Israel has bombarded Gaza once again after the Hamas had broken the treaty just a few hours before it started. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu had vowed to do anything in Israel’s power to remove the threat of Hamas from Gaza. He also noted the support of the United States throughout the ordeal.
The talks scheduled for Cairo have been stalled. Israeli officials have announced their absence because of the failure of the 72-hour ceasefire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Many nations, particularly Arab countries, had viewed the ceasefire as the start of paving a way for a ceasefire.
Obeservers said that the ceasefire for Israel and Gaza should not be limited to a conventional ceasefire. Israel wanted to continue destroying the Hamas underground tunnels despite the ceasefire. Negotiations to disarm Hamas are also unfair to Gaza, as it does not hold any power during the truce.
Meanwhile, the death toll for the Israel-Gaza conflict is now over 1,700. The IDF had bombed different areas of Gaza after the discovery of missing Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, who had died in the Rafah area. The Israeli military believes that Goldin was kidnapped by militants during the fighting and was killed a few hours after the ceasefire.
In total, 68 Israel soldiers have died during the fighting.