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Palestinian authority backs Hamas truce demands as two children killed in Gaza

As a solution is sought, fighting continued on the ground, with five more people dead.
Jul 23rd 2014, 8:22 AM 6,822 105

Mideast Palestinians-Living Under Blockade Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. Source: Hatem Moussa

THE DECISION MAKING body of Palestine has backed demands made by Hamas for a peace deal that would stop fighting in Gaza.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), led by Mahmoud Abbas, has endorsed the core conditions set out by Hamas, which include the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.

The move could signal a solution in the fighting, which has left over 600 people, mostly civilians, dead. Abbas, who leads the moderate Fatah party, suggested a truce that would be followed by five days of negotiations.

The decision by the PLO comes as the Egyptian government continues to attempt to find a solution to the fighting.

Mideast Israel Palestinians Mourners pray in front of the bodies of seven members of the Kelani family, killed overnight by an Israeli strike in Gaza City. Source: AP/Press Association Images


Meanwhile, Israeli tank fire killed five people, including two children, in southern Gaza this morning, medics said.

The deaths come on the 16th day of a campaign against militants in the besieged Palestinian territory.

The shelling hit houses east of the city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

Mideast Israel Changing Mood Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, during his funeral at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem. Source: Sebastian Scheiner

Last night, Israeli fire hit a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days, said the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA.

“UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza,” it said in a statement, which came a day after Hamas rockets were found in another, disused school.

AFP contributed reporting

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