Israel officials have agreed to temporarily halt the assault on Gaza after UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, called for a ‘humanitarian ceasefire’, according to Ma’an News Agency.Earlier, the UN demanded Hamas and Israel to ceasefire to allow the entry of humanitarian supplies

Hamas has agreed to a six-hour humanitarian truce to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

The ceasefire will come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., an Israeli military spokesperson said.

The Israeli Defense Ministry says that the ceasefire is meant not only for humanitarian reasons but that Gazans may see the damage wrought by Israel in the last week and a half, according to Ynet.

Additionally, the army forbade residents of Beit Lahiya, Shujaeiya, and Zeitoun in the northern Gaza Strip from returning to their homes after 3 p.m.

People living in the neighborhoods of Shujaeiya and Zeitoun can return to their homes, or what is left of them, but only during the hours specified, and must leave after.

Over 200 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,000 injured in the nine days of Israel’s assault on the besieged coastal enclave, while one Israeli has been killed and four injured in resistance rocket fire launched into Israel.