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Report: Israel agrees to extend truce for 24 hours
Published Sunday 27/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 13:42
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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)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's security cabinet late Saturday voted to extend the humanitarian truce with Gaza militants for 24 hours, media reported.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on its website that after being pressed by the UN, Israel agreed to halt airstrikes and shellings on the Gaza Strip until midnight Sunday, but would continue locating and destroying tunnels.

The report said the army would respond to any violation of the ceasefire.

A diplomatic source had told Haaretz earlier that Hamas would agree to a 24-hour extension of the ceasefire.

Earlier Israeli media reported that Israel had extended the humanitarian ceasefire from 8 p.m to 12:00 a.m., but a Hamas spokesman said the Islamist movement had not been consulted about the extension.

Al-Qassam Brigades said it fired rockets into Israel 40 minutes after the truce officially expired.

A Ma'an reporter in Gaza said that following rocket fire, Israeli forces shot a man dead in Deir al-Balah and shelled an area east of Rafah.

Also late Saturday, the Israeli army said two soldiers who had been wounded in Gaza in recent days had died of their wounds, bringing the number of soldiers killed since the beginning of the ground invasion to 42.

Another rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Kiryat Ekron in central Israel.

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza rose to well over 1,000 on Saturday, as search teams recovered bodies from destroyed buildings during the brief ceasefire.

Some 151 bodies were recovered during the 12-hour window, according to the Ministry of Health.

Nearly 6,000 Palestinians have been injured in the offensive.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
27/07/2014 02:22
Nearly 6,000 Palestinians have been injured, and THE PALESTINIAN DEATH TOLL IS well over 1,000, and ALL BECAUSE HAMAS FIRED ROCKETS AT ISRAEL, and THE MILITANTS NEVER SEEM TO CARE ABOUT GAZA, since: - a "rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Kiryat Ekron", and - the "Al-Qassam Brigades said it fired rockets into Israel" too !!

2 ) Dan webber / USA
27/07/2014 03:34
Very smart....Israel sets their own cease fire...if Hamas honors it...fine...but they gain nothing from all this destruction...so likely Hamas will start a new fight..so maybe they can get something....then Hamas will look like the bad guy here...therefore Israel can get to work destroying Hamas ......

3 ) @ Dan-3 / USA too
27/07/2014 06:28
Gain 1 - Israel' troops are in Gaza, destroying tunnels, while Hamas accepts a ceasefire. Gain 2 - Israel' troops expect to complete destroying Hamas' tunnels, and to be free of that threat, in another week. And, Gain 3 - Hamas seems to have learned another painful lesson, in the death of Gaza family members, even if they don't care about dying themselves, And HAMAS IS "THE BAD GUY HERE", for - 3,000 PEOPLE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE, IF NOT FOR HAMAS ROCKET ATTACKS, IN 2014, 2012, AND 2009.

4 ) Mohamed / S africa
27/07/2014 06:47
Its all about israel taking ver palestinian land.....

5 ) Marivel Guzma / United States
27/07/2014 08:44
The painful alternatives that Hamas find itself in it decisions to face Israel or to satisfy Israel strategies sold to the media. The cease of fire was not just to stop rockets to Israel, but also to stop the fighting against the soldiers inside Gaza, and many fights are being fought fiercely defending the population of Gaza that was being shell by Tanks, direct hits to hospitals, mosques, and UNRWA shelters where the people is taking refugee from Israel bombs. Israel strategical "ceasefire"

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/07/2014 09:05
Hey Dan - is there something wrong in that? Or do you support Hamas and think they are good for Palestinians? I find it strange that any American would support Hamas because of their policy of not just killing Americans, but they despise democracy, reject freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice. Their policy is to commit war crimes and reject peace. Hamas shoots Gazans and drag their bodies through the streets. Why shouldn't they be destroyed?

7 ) Boil / Romania
27/07/2014 09:15
For the Palestinians, the truce is a chance for respite, for sending intelligence and other key personnel up to the surface to assess the horrendous damage caused by the war, regroup and replenish their weapons and ammunition stores But it also provides the IDF with a rare opportunity to see what Hamas is up to, decipher its plans and observe any changes in its operational and behavioral modes. These are pinpointed as vulnerabilities for future use in destroying the enemy.

8 ) Frank / Australia
27/07/2014 10:52
No, the Palestinians death toll is over 1,000 because Israel shoots and bombs and shells. Stop the nonsense.

9 ) CEMAL GUVEN ASTI / SOUTH AFRICA
27/07/2014 13:01
Which country in the world would tolerate its cities shelled by Hamas rockets? Hamas rockets works with "fire & Forget" technology. So they dont know where rockets will land once fired. European capitals are also in the range. Whereas Israel uses precision missiles, killing civilians precisely. Also Hamas being the top military country in terms of sling shot battalions, it is a threat to the west.

10 ) Tirusew / USA
28/07/2014 04:59
"Israel" is a Zionist racist a "Jew only" (Jewish State) who is trying to kill off Palestinians which unable to do so far. The whole world knows the terror Israelis committing against the Palestinians. Terrorism will be defeated as the terror state killing of refugees intensified and condemnation will lead to boycott and dismantlement of racist ideology.
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