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Israel approves 24 hour extension of humanitarian ceasefire

English.news.cn   2014-07-27 05:48:13

JERUSALEM/GAZA, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security cabinet approved on Saturday night a 24-hour extension to the just ended UN-brokered 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli security cabinet voted to approve a humanitarian truce in Gaza until midnight Sunday. During this period, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will continue to neutralize Gaza tunnels and will respond to any incoming attacks, the Haaretz daily reported.

The Israeli cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss the next step in the country's military operation in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Islamic Hamas movement abruptly rejected the proposal, insisting that the ceasefire deal should include the lift of a seven-year Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Hamas also said its fighters fired four rockets into Israel after the end of the UN-proposed truce.

During the military offensive in Gaza on Saturday, two more Israeli soldiers were killed, which bring the death toll of Israeli soldiers to 42.

Also on Saturday and after the temporary UN truce expired, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire in Central Gaza Strip despite Israel's earlier announcement of extending the 12-hour humanitarian truce, medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of health ministry in Gaza, over the past 19 days, the Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave has left about 1,030 Palestinians killed, and more than 6,000 others injured.

Editor: yan
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