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Humanitarian truce in Gaza to begin 8am local time: UN, US Updated: 2014-08-01 12:00:33 KST

Israel and Hamas has agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to begin in about an hour's time. The surprising development was announced by the U-N and the U.S. earlier this morning.

"This will last for 72 hours - three days - precious time. It is a lull of opportunity, a moment for the sides and the different factions to be able to come together with the state of Israel in an effort to try to address ways to find a sustainable ceasefire."

Once the temporary truce is in place, Secretary Kerry said Egypt will invite all related parties to come to Cairo immediately for "serious and focused negotiations".
But Israel is expected to continue its strike on the cross-border tunnels, being used by Hamas fighters to access and attack Israel from Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to annihilate the network of what he called "terror tunnels" "with or without a cease-fire" and that any plan that does not allow Israel to reach this end would not be considered.


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