Kerry to parties: Fully comply with cease-fire

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israel and the Palestinians to “fully and completely” comply with the terms of their latest cease-fire.

Kerry issued a statement Aug. 26 after the open-ended truce went into effect at 7 p.m. Israel time.

Meanwhile, a second man who was critically injured in a mortar attack from Gaza on the Eshkol Region shortly before the start of the cease-fire died of his injuries. Some 182 rockets were fired at Israel on Aug. 26 before the cease-fire took hold.

“We hope very much that this cease-fire will prove to be durable and sustainable, that it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks, and that it will help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict in Gaza,” Kerry said in his statement. He also called for the acceleration of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

Kerry commended the Egyptians “for their role in hosting the negotiations in Cairo and for continuing to work to reach agreement on a cease-fire.” — jta