26-09-2021 04:30 AM Jerusalem Timing

Gaza Truce on Second Day, Rafah Crossing Still Closed

Gaza Truce on Second Day, Rafah Crossing Still Closed

Truce between the Zionist entity and the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza was holding for the second day, with Rafah crossing was still closed by Egypt.

Truce between the Zionist entity and the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza was holding for the second day, with Rafah crossing was still closed by Egypt.

On Wednesday, the two sides agreed to extend the truce as they continued their indirect talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The ceasefire extension entered its second day on Friday.Truce in Gaza

The calm held throughout Thursday, after a flurry of Israeli airstrikes and retaliatory Hamas rocket attacks the previous night.

Egyptian mediators brokered the extension to allow for further negotiations on a long-term ceasefire to the fighting, which has killed 1,962 Palestinians since July 7 and injured around 10,000 others.

The Rafah border crossing, linking Gaza to Egypt, is the only escape route that does not lead into Israel and can be used for the delivery of food and medical stuff to the besieged Palestinian territory; however, Egypt has kept the crossing closed despite international calls to open it.

Gaza has also been under Israel’s blockade since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living and poverty.