Saturday 25 October 2014

Hamas agrees to 24-hour ceasefire

Published 27/07/2014 | 07:48

ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 22:  The grandfather of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon is comforted during his funeral
The grandfather of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon is comforted during his funeral
An Israeli soldier weeps over the casket of Private First Class Jordan Bensimon during his funeral
An Israeli soldier weeps over the casket of Private First Class Jordan Bensimon during his funeral
The body of Mohammed al-Araj is carried through the streets to the cemetary during his funeral
The body of Mohammed al-Araj is carried through the streets to the cemetary during his funeral

Hamas said it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2pm (12pm BST) on Sunday.

An Israeli soldier weeps over the casket of Private First Class Jordan Bensimon during his funeral
An Israeli soldier weeps over the casket of Private First Class Jordan Bensimon during his funeral

The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Israel had offered a 24-hour truce late on Saturday, but Hamas rejected it, firing more rockets on Israel. In response, Israel's military resumed operations in Gaza.

Lt Col Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, did not say if Israel would hold its fire during the time requested by Hamas, but said troops would continue demolishing Hamas military tunnels.

ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 22:  The grandfather of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon is comforted during his funeral
The grandfather of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon is comforted during his funeral
The body of Mohammed al-Araj is carried through the streets to the cemetary during his funeral
The body of Mohammed al-Araj is carried through the streets to the cemetary during his funeral
Men mourn over the body of Mohammed al-Araj at his funeral
Men mourn over the body of Mohammed al-Araj at his funeral

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