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Israel And Hamas Begin 72-Hour Ceasefire At 8 AM Local Time

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IDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND ARI RABINOVITCH
Reuters
Aug 1, 2014

Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution.

The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s office said Israel had accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group dominant inGaza, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the truce.

“We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire,” Kerry and Ban said. “This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence.”

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