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Israel, Hamas accept 72-hour truce to begin early Friday

Published on Aug 1, 2014 7:59 AM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Hopes of an end to the bloodshed in Gaza rose early Friday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israel and Hamas had agreed a 72-hour ceasefire.

Both sides swiftly confirmed that they agreed to the ceasefire, due to begin at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore time) on Friday, after 25 days of bloody confrontation.

Speaking in New Delhi, Kerry said after the ceasefire went into force, Israeli and Palestinian representatives, including from Hamas, would begin talks in Cairo in a move confirmed by Egypt.

But he said Israeli forces would remain inside Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72 hour humanitarian cease fire to start on Friday between Israel and Hamas while in New Delhi on August 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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