Israeli has bombed Gaza in retaliation for two new rocket attacks on its territory. The first Palestinian target was an alleged militant driving a motorcycle. Medical sources say he was injured along with at least seven children. A metals workshop allegedly used as a rocket factory was also hit, although no-one was hurt.
Hours later the new US envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Mitchell called for the current fragile ceasefire to be strengthened and for Abbas’ moderate Fatah faction to play a role in easing the Israeli blockade on Gaza:
“It is important to consolidate a sustainable and durable ceasefire in Gaza and we encourage continuing efforts in that regard,” Mitchell said. “There must be a mecanism to allow the flow of legal goods and that should be with the participation of the Palestinian Authority.”.
Also on Thursday, the UN appealed for 613 million dollars, around 470 million euros, to meet aid requirements for the next six to nine months.
The UN’s Relief and Works Agency has resumed the provision of grants to schoolchildren in its schools in Gaza. Students are given 100 shekels, which is just under 20 euros, every month.