Date
19 October 2017
Palestinian medics treat an infant who was wounded in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Monday. Israel and Hamas later agreed to a 72-hour truce. Photo: Reuters
Palestinian medics treat an infant who was wounded in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Monday. Israel and Hamas later agreed to a 72-hour truce. Photo: Reuters

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza

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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