Monday 29 December 2014

New 72-hour Gaza ceasefire agreed by both sides

Published 10/08/2014 | 16:53

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
People hold a banner and chant slogans during a protest in Berlin denouncing Israeli military action in Gaza.
The sun sets over the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli border. Israel launched more than 30 air attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to revive a ceasefire.
Palestinian paramedics look after the injured
A suspected tunnel is detonated on August 3, 2014 near the border with Gaza
Smoke and fire billow following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip e
Israeli border guards clash with Palestinian protesters (unseen) following a demonstration in support of Gaza after Friday prayers at the Hawara checkpoint, east of the West Bank city of Nablus
Israeli soldiers return from Gaza on August 3, 2014 near the border with Gaza, Israel. As Operation Protective Edge enters its 27th day, a large amount of Israeli ground troops are believed to have left the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers return from Gaza on August 3, 2014 near the border with Gaza, Israel. As Operation Protective Edge enters its 27th day, a large amount of Israeli ground troops are believed to have left the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers run next to a cannon on August 02, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.The Israeli military on Friday cited indications that the officer, Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, was taken captive in Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip's south. Two other soldiers were killed in the attack, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities to 63. The announcement came not long after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas collapsed within two hours of being launched. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/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.

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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