Aid workers grateful for Gaza ceasefire

(CNA/EWTN News).- A new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is offering locals and aid workers invaluable time to safely secure essential supplies, but many remain skeptical that it will bring an end to the region’s ongoing violence.

“Everyone, unfortunately, has become very skeptical of the ceasefires at this point,” said Matthew McGarry, Catholic Relief Services’ representative for Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

“The situation is really getting incredibly desperate in Gaza,” he told CNA Aug. 1, just hours after the failure of an earlier proposed ceasefire.

Israel and Hamas agreed to the new 72-hour ceasefire on Aug. 4, the latest in a string of such agreements after four weeks of violence. More than 1,800 Palestinians and 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed, according to reports.