Israel, Palestinians agree to extend Gaza truce

Cairo - Israel and Palestinians agreed late on Wednesday to extend a ceasefire in Gaza for another 72-hours after failing to reach a long term agreement in Cairo-mediated talks, an Egyptian official said.

A previously agreed three-day ceasefire was set to expire less than an hour afterwards, at midnight local time (21:00 GMT).

"We have agreed to give more time for the negotiations," Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo, told AFP, saying the extra time would be a further 72 hours.

An Egyptian official said Israel also accepted the proposal. Israel had earlier said it would back an extension of the lull.

The last-ditch effort to avoid renewed hostilities came after Palestinian officials said there were still gaps in an agreement for a long-term deal to end the conflict, which has killed almost 2 000 Palestinians in Gaza since 8 July.

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Sipho Simon Mogale 2014/08/13 10:40:03 PM
End all fighting
Back2StoneAge 2014/08/13 10:52:59 PM
"Oops, sorry... we never meant to fire that rocket 30 minutes ago before the last truce deadline ended. Let's extend the deadline another 3 days so that we can break it again"
Samson Twigge 2014/08/13 11:19:11 PM
Arabs are not the enemy of Jews.. Nor are the Jews enemy of the Arabs" "Zionism, is The Enemy of ALL"
Aneeqah Hoosain Abrahams 2014/08/13 11:59:23 PM
Why is it that the media only talks about the ONE rocket that was apparently fired from Gaza when Israel has fired so many more?! Killing so many innocent kids?! It's sad to see how people can be so naive
Archie Dempster 2014/08/14 05:30:42 AM
Have hamas run out of rockets
Kennedy Bunga 2014/08/14 06:15:56 AM
But Hamas had already started firing rockets. Israel is showing to be a better brother.
Cheech 2014/08/14 07:14:14 AM
We've played Cowboys & Indians now it's time for Cowboys & Muslims....?
daniellibica 2014/08/14 07:28:47 AM
good luck john off
daniellibica 2014/08/14 07:36:08 AM
News 24 Please block Goodluck John for hate speech! Find his i.p. address so we could make case against him.
Cyberfriend 2014/08/14 07:47:24 AM
In 2010 Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal stated that the Charter is "a piece of history and no longer relevant, but cannot be changed for internal reasons." Hamas have moved away from its charter since it decided to go for political office. In 2009 interviews with the BBC, Tony Blair claimed that Hamas does not accept the existence of Israel and continues to pursue its objectives through terror and violence; Sir Jeremy Greenstock however argued that Hamas has not adopted its charter as part of its political program since it won the Palestinian legislative election, 2006. Instead it has moved to a more secular stance. In 2008, the Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stated that Hamas would agree to accept a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, and to offer a long-term truce with Israel.