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New 72-hour Gaza ceasefire agreed by both sides

Published 10/08/2014 | 16:53

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Smoke from a fire caused by an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City (AP)
Smoke from a fire caused by an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City (AP)
Mohammed Badran, a Palestnian boy seriously wounded in the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, lies on his hospital bed as he receives treatment for burns and injuries at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images
Mohammed Badran, a Palestnian boy seriously wounded in the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, lies on his hospital bed as he receives treatment for burns and injuries at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images
KFAR SABA, ISRAEL - AUGUST 03:  Friends and relatives mourn during the funeral for Israeli  Lt. Hadar Goldin on August 3, 2014 in Kfar-saba, Israel. Goldin was thought to have been captured during fighting in Gaza, but was later declared killed in action by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).   (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
KFAR SABA, ISRAEL - AUGUST 03: Friends and relatives mourn during the funeral for Israeli Lt. Hadar Goldin on August 3, 2014 in Kfar-saba, Israel. Goldin was thought to have been captured during fighting in Gaza, but was later declared killed in action by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

Both Israel and Palestinian factions have agreed to a new 72-hour ceasefire.

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Palestinian factions agreed earlier today to a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, Egyptian state television reported, quoting a Palestinian source.

Several hours later, it emerged that Israel accepted the proposal and will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday if the truce holds, Israeli officials said.

Egypt had called on Israel and the Palestinians to commit to a new ceasefire that would start at 2100 GMT and be in effect for 72 hours. A previous three-day pause expired on Friday and fighting in a month-old war resumed

Reuters

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