UN envoy Serry calls for 24-hour extension of Gaza truce

The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, calls for a further extension of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip for another full day “to allow vital humanitarian efforts to continue, including UN relief operations.”

“It will give civilians a chance to retrieve and bury their dead, flee to safer premises, resupply with vital commodities and services, and continue overdue emergency repairs on water and energy infrastructure,” Serry says in a statement.

He praises both sides’ observance of the 12-hour ceasefire thus far on Satruday and “calls on all parties to respond positively to his call in the remaining time.”

Serry “hopes that ongoing diplomatic efforts can build on the pause in order to arrive at a durable cease fire and address underlying causes for the instability in Gaza.”

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