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.