Charities have said the humanitarian pauses are not enough – with ActionAid asking: “What use is a four-hour pause each day to hand communities bread in the morning before they are bombed in the afternoon?”
Israel has agreed to enforce four-hour humanitarian pauses in fighting every day – allowing Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate, the White House has said.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas has intensified in the north and in Gaza City – forcing thousands to flee to the south.
Joe Biden has been pushing for a multi-day stoppage, in the hope this could lead to hostages being released.
The US president said there is “no possibility” of a formal ceasefire at the moment – and expressed frustration that it had taken so long for the humanitarian pauses to be enforced.
Under the agreement, Israel will announce each four-hour window at least three hours in advance.
ActionAid has warned this is not enough – and only a permanent ceasefire will help the people of Gaza.
Riham Jafari, a coordinator for the international charity, said: “Today’s announcement offers precious little to the two million people in Gaza – displaced, injured and traumatised – who have faced a month of relentless bombardment and seen critical infrastructure all but destroyed.
“What use is a four-hour pause each day to hand communities bread in the morning before they are bombed in the afternoon? What use is a brief cessation in hostilities when hospital wards lie in ruins and when roads used to deliver medical supplies and food are destroyed?”