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Israel, Hamas at odds over truce extension

Published on Aug 7, 2014 6:37 AM
A Palestinian sits amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City on Aug 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (AFP) - Israel and Hamas appeared at odds on Thursday over prolonging a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, with the Jewish state indicating it would back an unconditional extension but Hamas denying any agreement.

Guns have stayed silent in the tiny Palestinian enclave since 8am on Tuesday, bringing relief to millions of people on both sides after the deaths of 1,886 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side.

Egyptian mediators have accelerated efforts to extend the truce after it expires at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore time) on Friday, shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo.

"Israel has no problem extending the ceasefire unconditionally," an Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity late on Wednesday. There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.

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