Hamas agrees 12-hour truce from Saturday morning

Hamas agrees 12-hour truce from Saturday morning

A Palestinian man looked into his neighbor's house is destroyed by an Israeli air strike killed two children in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday (July 24, 2014). (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

There is national consensus on a humanitarian truce ..."
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (ANTARA News/AFP) - A Hamas official told AFP on Saturday that the Islamist militant group would observe a 12-hour Gaza ceasefire starting later in the morning.

"There is national consensus on a humanitarian truce... for 12 hours on Saturday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, (0500 to 1700 GMT)," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zukhri told AFP.

A US official said late Friday that Israel had decided on a unilateral 12-hour Gaza ceasefire from 7:00 am Saturday morning.

There has been no official Israeli comment but Haaretz newspaper quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official as confirming a 7:00 am Israeli ceasefire.
(Uu.H-AK)

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