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Israel extends Gaza ceasefire, but Hamas resumes rocket fire

Published on Jul 27, 2014 7:18 AM
 
Israeli soldiers work on their an armoured personnel carrier (APC) as they are stationed along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. Israel said on Sunday it was extending a lull in its devastating military operation in Gaza for another 24 hours, but Hamas said it would not do likewise after resuming rocket fire at the end of mutually agreed 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israel said on Sunday it was extending a lull in its devastating military operation in Gaza for another 24 hours, but Hamas said it would not do likewise after resuming rocket fire at the end of mutually agreed 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday.

Israel's Cabinet "approved the UN request regarding a humanitarian ceasefire to run until midnight Sunday (5am Singapore time), an Israeli government official told AFP on condition of anonymity late on Saturday.

Hamas reacted in a statement that "no humanitarian ceasefire is valid without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to return to their homes and ambulances carrying bodies being able to freely move around in Gaza".

The armed Palestinian group fired rockets at central and southern Israel immediately after the expiry of the 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday that both sides had abided by.

 
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