Israel continues 'defensive' action during truce

New Delhi - Israel will keep up "defensive" operations against tunnels during a 72-hour truce in Gaza, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Kerry, announcing the ceasefire deal in the early morning on a visit to India, said Israel and Hamas will "cease all offensive military activities and neither side will advance beyond its current locations".

"Israel will be able to continue its defensive operations for those tunnels that are behind its lines, and the Palestinians will be able to receive food, medicine and additional humanitarian assistance as well as to be able to tend to their wounded", the top US diplomat told reporters.

A senior US official said Israel would make clear to the United Nations where its military lines are drawn in Gaza.

"They will continue to do operations to destroy tunnels that pose a threat to Israeli territory, as long as those tunnels exist on the Israeli side of their lines", the official said on condition of anonymity.

Israel launched the military operation in response to rocket fire by Hamas, which effectively controls the Gaza Strip, but more recently has vowed to pursue its campaign until it destroys tunnels through which militants can infiltrate.

Hidayat 2014/08/01 09:15:40 AM
"You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can't criticize Israel ." - Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache 2009
Nezar Eldidy 2014/08/01 09:22:08 AM
Defencive when no offense??? The Zionest are criminal jokers
Nobby Poltice 2014/08/01 09:34:32 AM
Jeez, if only all these Muslim applied this much hysteria to the massive killings by Muslims against Muslims in all other countries where there are substantial Muslim populations. The death toll in other Islamic sectarian conflicts across the world is far, far greater than in Palestine. Quire frankly, the hysterical one-eyed reaction to the Palestine/Israel conflict does little to garner any sympathy for those who fired the rockets in the first place.
Yaj Chetty 2014/08/01 09:36:09 AM
Is John Kerry, the hair-cut in search-of-a brain, also the spokesman/mouthpiece for Israel ? Is the dog wagging the tail or vice versa ?
Nobby Poltice 2014/08/01 09:45:37 AM
Reading the comments of those supporting both sides of the conflict one can see why the conflict is unsolvable. The hatred, the brainwashed, brain addled lunacy, the dogmatic religious bone-headedness runs so deep.
Binte Maya 2014/08/01 09:45:59 AM
Oh dear... nobby. I really have no words left for u.trying so hard to bring religion and palestine down.. Each n every forum u have the same comments and same arguments..coping n pasting.. well if that's gonna help u some how...?.? So b it... n all the best hey. May ur eyes open up to the truth one day
Johnny B Goode 2014/08/01 09:46:51 AM
There is an article in the Africa section of N24 about the Sudanese woman facing apostacy charges. My question to the moslem commentators is this: Do you condemn Islamic countries where the penalty for leaving Islam is death? Surely followers of "the religion of peace" should be protesting in their 1000's in Cape Town for the wrongful interpretation that is their "peaceful religion" and in the process is severely damaging to its reputation?
Deon Pretorius 2014/08/01 09:52:28 AM
The 52nd state of America.
Dayaan Deskay 2014/08/01 09:56:38 AM
Jehovah Yahweh the god of the Jews is a vengeful God and will exact revenge on the Israeli Terrorist Force for the genocide they committing and also those ones that support this genocide and the killing of babies and boys playing soccer on the beach. They have not learned the lessons of the Nuremberg war trials, they cannot say they were just following orders. Using Israeli Terrorist Force logic the home and family of a Hamas member is a legitimate target thus the home and family of Israeli Terrorist Force members is legitimate targets
Binte Maya 2014/08/01 10:04:29 AM
Lol.. nobby!! Nobody told you to go away...anyways like I said im against hatred n violence committed by ALL those responsible.....!