Monday, 18 August 2014

Gaza truce extended for 24 hours


CAIRO (AFP) -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed on Monday to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza by 24 hours to conduct more talks on a long-term truce, a senior Palestinian official said.

The current five-day ceasefire was set to expire at midnight local time.

"Both sides have agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire," the official with the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said.

Palestinian sources in Cairo told Ma'an earlier Monday that a ceasefire agreement was being finalized after 15 days of Egypt-sponsored negotiations.

The Israeli delegation left Cairo to inform cabinet officials.

The sources said Egyptian legal consultants were preparing the documents. more

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