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Israel, Palestinian leaders agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Updated: 2014-08-05 06:28:58 KST
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Time now for a look through some of the other international headlines we're following this Tuesday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) A new 3-day ceasefire is to be in place when morning dawns on the Gaza Strip. The question will it stick this one?

Right. That suspicion also present in leaders of Israel and Hamas even as they agreed, just hours ago, to the ceasefire proposal weeks in the making and brokered in Egypt.
The humanitarian ceasefire would be effective in less than four hours starting at 8am local time and good for 72 hours, during which Cairo will try to hammer out a more long-term truce.
This latest warring between Israel and Palestinian factions is turning out to be the deadliest in recent years.. the death toll eclipsing those from fighting in 2012 and 2009.
Currently, nearly 19-hundred Palestinians have been reported killed in the dense Gaza Strip while 64 soliders, 2 civilians and a Thai laborer were killed on the Israeli side.
The Israeli assault appeared to be winding down in the past 24 hours as a unilateral 7-hour humanitarian "pause" was in place. Hamas rocket fire had tapered off and IDF said nearly all of the so-called "terror tunnels" had been destroyed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned though Operation Protective Edge would resume and end only "when quiet and security are restored" for Israelis.
That 7-hour window had allowed residents in most parts of Gaza to step outside to check on their homes, restock on supplies, and withdraw cash.


Reporter : eunice.kim@arirang.co.kr

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