Hamas agrees to new 24-hour truce in Gaza

2014-07-27 12:30
(Said Khatib, AFP)

(Said Khatib, AFP)

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Gaza City - Hamas on Sunday belatedly said it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, shortly after Israel announced a resumption of hostilities in Gaza following a day-long pause.

"In response to the UN's intervention request to monitor the situation... it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start from 14:00," Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

Zuhri said the ceasefire would take place ahead of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is expected to fall on Monday.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an interview with CNN television, said Hamas was "violating its own ceasefire", as strikes continued to hit Gaza, including inside Gaza City.

Up to 15:00, Hamas was still claiming mortar attacks, with the army confirming six rounds had struck Israel since 11:00 GMT.

The two sides mostly stuck to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Saturday, with Israel agreeing to extend it, while Hamas resumed its rocket fire as the initial lull ended at 17:00 GMT, with one mortar shell killing a soldier.

But on Sunday morning, Israel said it was resuming its aerial, naval and ground campaign against Gaza after what it said was "incessant" Hamas rocket fire.

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