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Hamas agrees to 24-hr. truce after renewed Israeli offensive Updated: 2014-07-27 18:36:49 KST

Hamas agrees to 24-hr. truce after renewed Israeli offensive
A new ceasefire is now in place in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas agreed to a new 24-hour ceasefire on Sunday shortly after Israel ended an earlier truce amid continuing attacks from the Palestinian militant group.
Before this new truce, the Israeli Cabinet had agreed on Saturday to extend a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire at the request of the UN.
Hamas had said it would not accept the ceasefire unless all Israeli troops left Gaza but change its stance once Israel launched its offensive.
Earlier on Saturday, a ceasefire had been put in place to give residents time to assess the damage, store up on food and recover their dead.

"Humans are dead, houses are damaged, the trees are dead and so is the livestock. They destroyed the land, trees, everything. They totally destroyed it all."

The latest turn of events comes amid a new report that North Korea and Hamas militants are working on a new arms deal.
According to the UK daily The Telegraph, Hamas has paid North Korea "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for missiles and communications equipment to help its offensive against Israel.
The report cites Western security sources who say Hamas is requesting new supplies of rockets to replace the missiles that were used against Israel in the past two weeks or so.
More than a thousand people in Gaza have died, mostly civilians since the conflict began on July 8th.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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