U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Palestinian Heygar Jendiyah, gestures as she speaks to the photographer, while her daughter Ranin, 10, stands background, at the house, partially destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier during the war, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The building houses 21 members of the extended family, and now with several rooms destroyed, they try to go about their lives, without electricity and without running water for several hours a day. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

‘Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour truce’

Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire so that the brutalized people in the Gaza Strip find a brief respite from relentless Israeli attacks.

Kerry announces 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza

An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155 mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations announced early Friday. Kerry said the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo. The top US diplomat said the ceasefire would last for 72 hours “unless extended.” “This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence,” the statement said.

U.S., U.N. announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

Riot police stand guard near the Israeli embassy in AmmanThe United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.

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