BREAKING: Israel to extend three-day Gaza ceasefire

Posted: August 6, 2014 in World News
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Israel has agreed to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a
month of conflict, Israeli officials say.

There has been no comment yet from the militant Palestinian movement Hamas, which controls
Gaza.

Indirect talks between Palestinian factions and Israel have been taking place, mediated by Egypt.
Gaza’s health ministry lists 1,867 dead, mainly civilians. Some 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians died.

A Thai national in Israel was also killed. In his first comments since the 72-hour truce began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for all of the civilian casualties, saying it had used civilians as human shields.

The Palestinian delegation at the Cairo talks includes negotiators from Hamas, as well as
members of Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority.

The main Palestinian demands include the end of Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the opening of border crossings. They will also want internationally funded reconstruction.

The names of those representing Israel have not been given.

Israel has been stung by widespread international criticism of its month-long bombing campaign in Gaza, says a BBC correspondent in Jerusalem.

Source: BBC

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