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Egypt gets Palestinian, Israeli approval of 72-hour ceasefire

Posted on Aug 11 2014 | IANS

Cairo, Aug 10 : Egypt Sunday got approval from both the Palestinians and Israel for an extra 72-hour ceasefire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

"The ceasefire will be announced later Sunday evening and the Israeli delegation will arrive in Cairo for talks within the coming few hours," MENA news agency quoted an unnamed Palestinian official as saying.

The Palestinian official said the start hour of the truce will be announced later in a statement.

Earlier, the Palestinian delegation Sunday accepted Egypt's proposal to extend the ceasefire in Gaza for another 72 hours.

However, no Israeli reply on this proposal was received then.

After intensified talks with Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo, Egypt managed to broker a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between the two sides that resumed fighting after the truce expired Friday morning.

The ongoing Israeli offensive on the restive Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which is going on for over a month, has left more than 1,900 Palestinians dead and about 10,000 others wounded, while Hamas attacks have killed 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.

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