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New 3-day Gaza ceasefire to start at midnight
Published Sunday 10/08/2014 (updated) 11/08/2014 00:28
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Young Palestinian men carry the body of a 17-year-old boy who was
killed by an Israeli air strike on Aug. 10, 2014, during his burial in
Deir al-Balah, central Gaza (AFP Roberto Schmidt)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions have agreed on a new 72-hour halt to hostilities in Gaza starting at midnight, sources close to the Cairo ceasefire talks told Ma'an Sunday.

The Israeli delegation was to return to Cairo later in the evening, the sources said.

They said that during the three-day ceasefire, there will be extensive negotiations to reach a more lasting ceasefire.

Meanwhile, humanitarian aid is expected to flow through Gaza crossings.

A Palestinian source in Cairo told AFP that the Egyptian mediators had received "simultaneous consensus" from both the Israeli and Palestinian side.

In order to reach a lasting truce in Gaza, Palestinians have demanded Israel end its eight-year siege on the Strip, release dozens of prisoners whom Israel has re-arrested that were released in 2011 as part of the Shalit exchange, re-open a seaport and airport in Gaza, and create a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Egypt, for its part, insisted on a lifting of Israel's blockade on Gaza.

"This siege should be lifted in accordance to Israel's responsibilities as an occupation force," the foreign ministry in Cairo said in a statement.

Four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.

The UN says around three quarters of those killed in Gaza were civilians, around a third of them children.

On the ground, Gazans endured yet another day of fear Sunday as the air force hit 35 targets, killing two 17-year-old youths in central Gaza and the northern town of Beit Hanoun.

Militants launched 21 rockets over the border, 16 of which struck southern Israel and three which were shot down, with the rest falling short inside Palestinian territory, the army said.

In Deir al-Balah, an angry crowd of young men bellowed slogans as they carried the bloodied body of a teenager to its burial side.

The army described the youth as a "prominent terror operative."

"God loves martyrs! We will march on Jerusalem in our millions," chanted mourners.

At the graveside, neighbors passed around pieces of shrapnel as he was laid to rest in a plot where several other freshly-dug graves laid open, as if prepared for further deaths.

Palestinian boys walk on the bombed out remains of a mosque targeted by
Israeli air strikes in Nuseirat, central Gaza early on Aug. 10, 2014 (AFP Roberto Schmidt)

Rockets hit Kerem Shalom

Since a 72-hour truce ended on Friday, Gaza has been plunged back into an abyss of violence, with the Israeli military hitting more than 160 targets and killing 16 people, and Palestinian militants launching 110 rockets of which 85 hit Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel said it had closed its Kerem Shalom commercial crossing into the southern Gaza Strip after it was struck twice by rocket fire, once shortly after dawn, and again at around noon.

"After continuous and intentional rocket fire at the Kerem Shalom crossing this morning and this afternoon, during which trucks carrying flammable materials to the Gaza Strip were almost hit, we took the exceptional decision to close the crossing in order to protect the lives of workers and traders," a defense ministry statement said.

In the West Bank, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops as he played outside his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp near the southern city of Hebron, relatives and medics said.

The army said troops had opened fire during a "violent riot" but said it had opened an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

Israel's Gaza operation has triggered a series of almost daily protests across the West Bank, during which 17 Palestinians have been killed, the Ramallah-based health ministry said.

AFP contributed to this report
1 ) Mutassim / Palestine
10/08/2014 19:20
الحمد لله ربّ العالمين‎ Al hamdullilah rabbil 'alameen.

2 ) LOL HAMAS WRITES THE RULES / when it wants
10/08/2014 19:37
there is fire when it wants there is cease fire Israel has NO CONTROL

3 ) henri / Guyana
10/08/2014 19:58
carine /UK here is the link as requested. You will be reassured to know that the armaments found in the UN school, were returned to the Hamas terrorists by the predominately Islamic Palestinian UNWRA local staffers. http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/Gaza-UN-Chief-Outraged-at-Weapons-Found-in-UN-School/851276

4 ) Donald / Scotland
10/08/2014 20:17
Israel has had temporary 72 hour cease fires before from Hamas, this is the second, the first never succeeded, and was broken by Hamas. Israel will not negotiate under fire, and today there has been 32 rockets so far fired by these Islamic terrorists on Israel.

5 ) Guy / USA
10/08/2014 20:20
Btw, the kerem shalom crossing has been open the whole time.

6 ) Robert Chapman / USA
10/08/2014 20:53
Please Israel look at what your doing , I cant believe you can get away with KILLING SO MANY CHILDREN, WOMEN, MEN and get away with it.. my congress better act soon , to clean this SHIT UP..

7 ) Xasan / USAI edon
10/08/2014 21:54
I don't get this Ma'an news agency calling the Palestinian resistance movements such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others as 'Palestinian militants', while they are calling Israel its name and the IDF as its real name as well. Is this a Zionist news agency? Or a news agency owned by a Palestinian entity? This is shame.

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
11/08/2014 00:02
Too bad the west bankers don't protest against Hamas and its fascist policies that are mostly aimed at Gazans. Hamas does not want peace, does not want freedom (you know: freedom of choice, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, womens rights, LGBT rights, etc), and wants "victory or martyrdom" - their words, not mine. Until Hamas is deposed or changes (unlikely) they will continue to kill thousands of Palestinians. Want peace? Get rid of Hamas.

9 ) JoeFattal / USA
11/08/2014 03:05
Something I have noticed that since that ceasefire was broken few weeks ago about few dozens probably civilian died in the airstikes. Prior to that after the previous ceasefire was broken civilian casualties were mounting heavily. The decrease in civilian casualties is probably due to John Kerry comments about Israel "off-target pinpoint" and heavily on civilian population. That is enough to agree without any doubts that Israel was targeting civilian pruposely than Hamas rocket launchers.

10 ) Nate / USA
11/08/2014 21:40
There goes the LIAR and SAVAGE again....yes you brian cohen. Yes his so called name is in small letters while his real name is all capitalized. What a pathetic joke he is!!! hahah
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