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    Israel’s Army Says it Will Pause Daytime Fighting Along a Route in Southern Gaza to Help Ramp up Aid

    Israel’s Army Says it Will Pause Daytime Fighting Along a Route in Southern Gaza to Help Ramp up Aid

    JERUSALEM (AP) — 's military announced on Sunday that it would pause fighting throughout daytime hours along a route in southern to free up a backlog of humanitarian aid deliveries destined for desperate Palestinians enduring a humanitarian crisis sparked by the war, now in its ninth month.

    The “tactical pause” announced by the military, which applies to about 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) of road in the Rafah area, falls far short of a complete cease-fire in the beleaguered territory that has been sought by the international community, including Israel's top ally, the United States. If it holds, the limited halt in fighting could help address some of the overwhelming needs of Palestinians that have surged even more in recent weeks with Israel's incursion into Rafah.

    The said the pause would begin at 8 a.m. (0500 ) and remain in effect until 7 p.m. (1600 GMT). It said the pauses would take place every day until further notice.

    The pause is aimed at allowing aid trucks to reach the nearby Israel-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, the main entry point for incoming aid, and travel safely to the Salah a-Din highway, a main north-south road, the military said. The crossing has suffered from a bottleneck since Israeli ground troops moved into Rafah in early May.

    COGAT, the Israeli military body that oversees aid distribution in Gaza, said the route would increase the flow of aid to other parts of Gaza,…

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