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Israel, Palestinians agree to extend Gaza truce by 24-hour

Palestinians attend Friday prayers next to the remains of a mosque which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israel air strike during the Israeli offensive in the central Gaza Strip Israel and Gaza Strip militants extended their temporary truce for 24 hours in another attempt to bridge differences blocking a long-term accord.

The extension of the Egyptian-mediated talks was announced early today in Cairo by Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Palestinian negotiating team, and confirmed by Hamas negotiator Izzat al-Risheq on his Facebook page. The Israeli government sent a text message announcing an agreement had been reached.

“The gap is big, and the negotiations are difficult and complicated,” Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo Jamal Shobaki said today on Voice of Palestinian radio. “The Egyptians may present another proposal today.”

– PTI