UPDATE: What was supposed to be a 72-hour cease-fire, only lasted 90 minutes Friday morning in Gaza. Israel’s leaders say the ceasefire was violated when two Israeli solders were killed and one abducted in a tunnel attack by Hamas.
GAZA STRIP (CNN) — This could be the beginning of the end, we hope. U.N. and U.S. reps announced Thursday an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
It starts early Friday morning and will last 72 hours, unless extended. That’s the goal.
Ground forces will remain in place.
“During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson to Ban-Ki Moon.
Earlier, the Israeli military announced it’s calling up nearly 16,000 reserves to bolster its forces in fighting Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to destroy Hamas tunnels with or without a ceasefire.
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency session to discuss Wednesday’s attack on a U.N. school sheltering thousands of Palestinians. 20 people were killed.
U.S. officials have urged Israel to step up and protect civilians.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it sent dozens of trucks carrying food, medicine, fuel and supplies to Gaza.
At the same time, the U.S. has agreed to resupply Israel with certain types of ammunition.