TV: Israel approves 4-hour extension of Gaza truce
Published Saturday 26/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 00:24
Palestinians gather outside the morgue of the main hospital in the
northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an
humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014 (AFP Marco Longari)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's security cabinet has approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, prolonging an initial 12-hour ceasefire until midnight, Israeli television reported on Saturday.
Israel's Channel 10 said the extension had been approved less than two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to expire.
The decision came after US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East urged Israel and the Hamas movement to extend the fragile truce.
"We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire," France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after meeting Kerry and foreign ministers from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as an EU representative.
"We all want to obtain a lasting ceasefire as quickly as possible that addresses both Israeli requirements in terms of security and Palestinian requirements in terms of socioeconomic development."
There was no immediate response from Hamas to either that call or to the Israeli cabinet decision.