Mediators work to extend truce, Gaza residents struggle
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:31
Mediators are working against the clock to extend a Gaza truce, while residents return to the rubble of their homes, angry at Israel and the international community. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A sense of calm on the Gaza border.
Israeli soldiers quietly go about their morning routine, standing down as a three-day ceasefire continues to hold.\
But for the residents of Gaza, life is a nightmare. Their homes are in ruins and many say the international community is partly to blame.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHEJAIA RESIDENT, YUSRA ABU KAAS, SAYING:
"What should I say to the world? The world stands silent, it is happily watching us, as if it has become acceptable to shed the blood of the Palestinians. Why?"
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has declared Gaza a disaster zone. His advisor Sabri Siedam says the UN must help.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADVISOR OF PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS, SABRI SIEDAM, SAYING:
"There are many urgent measures which are usually taken by the United Nations to protect people who face natural disasters or disasters caused by wars in any part of the world. So the President wants the United Nations to take responsibility and to start working on certain measures in order to rescue our people."
Gaza officials say the war has killed more than 1800 Palestinians, most of them civilians including children. Israel says 64 soldiers and three civilians has been killed since the fighting began in early July.
And while the peace holds, mediators are working against the clock to extend the truce and bring a lasting peace.
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