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Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce

Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce

Published on Jul 26, 2014 10:15 AM
 
Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 25, 2014. The Israeli military and Hamas said on Saturday that they would observe a 12-hour ceasefire from 8:00 am (1:00pm Singapore time), but a longer-term truce remained elusive for now. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Israeli military and Hamas said on Saturday that they would observe a 12-hour ceasefire from 8:00 am (1:00pm Singapore time), but a longer-term truce remained elusive for now.

A statement from the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza warned people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of "explosive objects".

Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Cairo, said that efforts to broker a longer halt to the fighting had so far yet to bear fruit.

He arrived in Paris on Saturday where France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was to host a meeting later in the day of counterparts from the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the EU.

 
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