— United Nations (@UN) July 31, 2014
According to Al Jazeera, “Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, tells AJE that Hamas and all factions in Gaza agree to the United Nations ceasefire for 72 hours starting from 05GMT [midnight ET], as long as the other side abides to it.” Earlier: “UN and US say humanitarian truce in Gaza has been agreed by all sides as Israeli and Palestinian delegations on way to Cairo.” You can read more here.
As for the casualties:
At least 1,441 Palestinians have been killed, three-quarters of them civilians, since hostilities began on July 8, according to Gaza health officials — surpassing the at least 1,410 Palestinians killed in 2009, according to Palestinian rights groups.
Israel says 56 soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a Thai agricultural worker have died — also far more than the 13 Israeli deaths in the previous campaign.
As I’ve done in earlier posts, I’ve added the ten Palestinians that Israel killed in West Bank Gaza-solidarity protests. Gaza’s emergency services reports more than 8,100 wounded in Gaza during the conflict/assault/massacre.
By the way, about those “terror tunnels,” hyped by the U.S. mainstream media in coordination with Israel’s propaganda services:
Media Hype and Gaza’s ‘Terror’ Tunnels
By Peter Hart
July 29, 2014
Coincidentally or not, there’s been a noticeable increase in media attention to the tunnels in Gaza, many of which lead to Israel and are used by Hamas militants for attacks. The Israeli government has said that destroying the tunnels is one of the rationales for the war.
… the only thing missing from these nightmarish scenarios of terrorists emerging from the ground to kill innocents is any evidence that anything like this has ever happened. The Times story quotes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the ‘sole purpose’ of the tunnels ‘is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.’ But have there been any such attacks?
Journalist and media critic Greg Mitchell has posed this question on his blog (Pressing Issues, 7/29/14), where he reports that CNN’s Jake Tapper responded to his queries on Twitter by noting that all of the the tunnel deaths he was aware of have been Israeli military.
Palestinian deaths, military and civilian (Intercept) Glenn Greenwald (Intercept, 7/29/14) notes that Israel –- often credited in US media with taking great care to avoid civilian casualties -– has actually killed three noncombatant for every ‘militant.’ Meanwhile, only 5 percent of the much smaller number of deaths caused by Palestinian fighters have been civilians, even though Hamas’s disregard for innocent life is taken for granted by US journalists.