Israel and Hamas agreed on Monday to a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting from Tuesday, providing some respite for the beleaguered Palestinian civilians after the four-week long conflict.
The ceasefire, which was proposed by Egypt, comes three days after a similar truce collapsed within hours. The latest deal calls for representatives of Israeli and Palestinian factions to attend talks in Cairo to negotiate a longer-term agreement to end the violence, Reuters reported.
Israel launched its offensive on July 8 following a surge in Hamas rocket salvoes.
Gaza officials say 1,834 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, and more than a quarter of the enclave’s 1.8 million residents displaced.
Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire that has emptied many of its southern villages.
Earlier on Monday, Palestinians said Israel had bombed a refugee camp in Gaza City, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding 29 other people, according to Reuters.
Israel said Gaza militants continued firing rockets and mortars during the truce period.
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