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Gaza truce extension fans hope of Cairo talks deal


08-14-2014 17:22 BJT

Delegates from Israel and Palestine have reached an agreement to extend the current truce for another five days, until Monday midnight. 

This is the longest cease-fire since fighting broke out last month in the Gaza Strip. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians. Israel, in comparison lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers. 

Violence briefly spiked as the extension of the truce was announced shortly before midnight Wednesday. Israel’s military says eight rockets were launched at Israel but the firing stopped early Thursday morning. Israel retaliated with airstrikes on Gaza. Palestinian negotiators in Cairo expressed optimism that a deal to create a sustainable roadmap for the war-torn territory could be achieved soon. 

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