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Hamas says accepts call for 3-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza

Published on Jul 20, 2014 5:50 PM
 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The Islamist Hamas movement said on Sunday it had accepted a proposal for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza it said was made by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"The ICRC contacted (us) and offered to broker a three-hour humanitarian truce to enable ambulances to evacuate the dead and wounded and Hamas accepted it," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

"Hamas agreed on it but the occupation refused it," he claimed, although Israeli public radio reported that the Israeli government was studying the proposal.

Smoke rises during what witnesses said was heavy Israeli shelling at the Shejaia neighbourhood in Gaza City on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Islamist Hamas movement said on Sunday it had accepted a proposal for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza it said was made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. PHOTO: REUTERS

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