After a weekend of a series of pauses in fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas and relative calm on Monday morning, reports filtered in that the respite was over as Gaza's main care facility was bombed. Multiple injuries were reported. Here's a rundown of the short-lived truces up to this event:
Saturday morning: Israeli forces and Hamas agree to a 12-hour pause after Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to reach a week-long cease-fire fell through. Images filtered in of stunned Gazans returning to their neighborhoods and finding them completely destroyed.
Blocks of apartments houses just gone in Shijaiyah. Gaza is just stunned. pic.twitter.com/0FZg0emsnP
— William Booth (@BoothWilliam) July 26, 2014
Saturday evening: Israel approved a 24-hour extension of the truce but said it would end if Hamas prevented the military's efforts to close down underground tunnels.
Quiet this Sunday morning after the 24-hour Gaza ceasefire is extended, all I hear this morning are the waves crashing on the beach.
— John Reed (@JohninJerusalem) July 27, 2014
Sunday, mid-morning: Hamas rejected Israel's terms to extend the 24-hour cease-fire, and fighting recommenced.
Sirens over southern Israel. Again.
— William Booth (@BoothWilliam) July 27, 2014
Sunday afternoon: Hamas declared a pause in fighting so that Gazans could prepare for Eid.
— mohammed jad salem (@msalem66) July 27, 2014
Sunday, 6 p.m.: Israel didn't observe the truce, and both sides again began fighting on Sunday evening.
— Noah Browning (@sheikhNB) July 27, 2014
Monday morning: Gaza was relatively quiet as Palestinians prepared to celebrate Eid and both sides mostly held their fire.
— Nicole Johnston (@nicolealjazeera) July 28, 2014
Monday afternoon: Reports filtered in that a hospital in Gaza was hit.
TWO (2) STRIKES in #Gaza in last 45 minutes: 1) at the outpatient clinic at Shifa Hospital AND 2) at Al Shati Refugee camp
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) July 28, 2014