Israelis, Palestinians launch fresh three-day ceasefire

Aug 11, 2014, 7:34 AM EDT
Palestinian men ride a donkey cart past destroyed buildings in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt.
 
The new agreement went into effect with some reports of hostilities occurring right before the ceasefire. According to Reuters:
 
There were no immediate reports of breaches of the ceasefire although Hamas claimed it fired rockets as far as the Tel Aviv area for the first time since a previous truce expired on Friday, just minutes before the new truce took hold.
The Israeli military had no comment but Israeli media said a rocket exploded in an open area in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and at least two other rockets were intercepted in a town just south of that region.
A senior Israeli government official said on Sunday Israeli negotiators would return to Cairo to resume indirect talks with the Palestinians, if the truce held, also confirming the Jewish state had accepted Egypt's proposal for the new truce.
 
 
As the new truce takes hold, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to resume indirect talks in Egypt. The New York Times reports:
The Palestinian negotiators have remained in Cairo since the last cease-fire expired on Friday. As that truce ended, Hamas, the Islamic group that dominates Gaza, fired barrages of rockets into Israel, prompting Israel to resume its airstrikes.
An Israeli official said the Israeli delegation, which left Cairo on Friday morning, would return on Monday if the cease-fire held overnight but warned that Israel would not negotiate under fire.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the new lull was intended to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and the repair of essential infrastructure, and to allow a window for the resumption of “indirect, immediate and continuous negotiations” for a lasting cease-fire.

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