The shaky ceasefire between Israel and Hamas could relieve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and benefit Hamas politically, but there is a way to go yet. A successful ceasefire would lead to Israel relaxing restrictions on Gaza, allowing a greater movement of goods and people in and out of the blockaded territory and help Hamas get the international recognition it has long craved, observers say. The ceasefire deal, brokered by Egypt last month, could also improve Hamas’s chances of opening the Rafah Crossing to Egypt. Meanwhile, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says the West Bank is facing grave water shortages largely because Israel’s “discriminatory” policies. (IRIN, BBC)

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