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Israel, Hamas agree 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting Saturday morning

English.news.cn   2014-07-26 06:19:13
• Hamas has agreed on a 12-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip starting from Saturday morning.
• It's 2nd pause of fighting since Israel and Hamas fighters started fierce cross-border violence on July 8.
• Earlier on Friday night Netanyahu agreed on a ceasefire proposal brought by Kerry.
 
 

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement has agreed on a 12-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip starting from Saturday morning, a Hamas official said late on Friday night.

Hamas spokesman in Gaza Sami Abu Zohri said in a brief news statement that Hamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 12-hour halt of fighting proposed by the United Nations, which starts from 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) to 8:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Saturday.

It's the second pause of fighting since Israel and Hamas fighters started their fierce cross-border violence on July 8.

Earlier on Friday night Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on a ceasefire proposal brought by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry which starts on Saturday morning, according to Ynet news website.

The Israeli security cabinet had previously rejected a pause on the military attack in Gaza, as jointly requested by Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cairo on Friday.

Shortly after the rejection, Kerry said confidently that Israel is committed to finding a solution for a ceasefire in Gaza, and that there is more work to do to reach a deal on a seven-day truce between Israel and Hamas.

At present Egypt, the United Nations, the Arab League and the United States are working together to reach a seven-day " humanitarian ceasefire" for the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza-ruling Hamas movement.

Last week, Egypt proposed a truce but was rejected by Hamas who demanded a comprehensive solution and an end to the Israeli blockade of the restive enclave.

Despite the ceasefire efforts, Israeli airstrikes killed nine more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday night, raising the total death toll caused by Israel's military operation in Hamas- ruled territory to 864 in 19 days, mostly civilians. More than 5, 730 Palestinians were also injured, while Israel lost 35 lives, including civilians and military.

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