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Israel assessing if conditions right for ceasefire: Military source

'We are looking at when is the right moment for a ceasefire,' said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 May 2021
Shells are lined up in front of an Israeli tank during shelling towards the Gaza Strip, along the border with the Palestinian enclave on May 19, 2021. AFP

Israel is assessing whether conditions are right to halt its air campaign against Palestinian militants in Gaza but is preparing for "more days" of strikes if necessary, an Israeli military source said Wednesday.

"We are looking at when is the right moment for a ceasefire," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source added that Israel was evaluating whether its objective of degrading the fighting capacity of Gaza's Hamas rulers had been achieved.

"The question is whether Hamas understands the message" that its rocket barrages towards Israel cannot recur, added the source.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza has killed 219 and injured 1,530 Palestinians since Israel started its attacks on the strip 10 days ago, according to the Gaza health ministry. 

The airstrikes and heavy shelling of the densely populated strip has also destroyed tens of commercial and residential towers, leaving hundreds of Palestinians homeless.

Meanwhile, Hamas and other Palestinian factions continued to fire rockets from Gaza toward Israeli cities and settlements in retaliation to Israeli attacks on Palestinians and Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian rocket attacks have left 12 dead and tens injured.

Israel has rejected all regional and international efforts to broker a ceasefire.

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