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Masked Hamas members take part in a rally in support of the armed Palestinian factions in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug. 17, 2014. (IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)
Masked Hamas members take part in a rally in support of the armed Palestinian factions in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug. 17, 2014. (IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)

Israel, Palestinians agree to extend Gaza truce by 24 hours Add to ...

Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday they had agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.

The deal was confirmed in Cairo and then Jerusalem minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire. A Palestinian official close to the talks in Cairo said the extension would give both sides time “to complete the negotiations”.

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An Israeli official and security source said in Jerusalem that “on Egypt’s request the ceasefire shall be extended by 24 hours to allow further negotiations.”

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