Thursday, 17 July 2014

Israel-Gaza ceasefire deal 'reached' says BBC


A comprehensive ceasefire agreement has been reached between Israel and Gaza, an Israeli official has told the BBC.

The ceasefire is due to take effect on Friday at 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

Earlier, Palestinian militants fired three mortars from Gaza at Israel during a brief humanitarian ceasefire, Israeli security forces say.

Some 227 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the current crisis began on 8 July. Militant rockets have killed one Israeli.

Israel launched its military operation in Gaza nine days ago with the stated objective of halting Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

However, the United Nations says most of those killed in Gaza have been civilians.

Israel accuses Hamas of hiding its military infrastructure within the civilian population. more

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