Date
21 August 2017
Smoke rises after an explosion in the wake of an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Sunday. Israel has accepted a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egyptian mediators. Photo: Reuters
Smoke rises after an explosion in the wake of an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Sunday. Israel has accepted a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egyptian mediators. Photo: Reuters

Israel, Palestinians agree to new 72-hour Gaza truce

Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to a new three-day ceasefire in Gaza after some intense diplomacy and mediation by Egypt.

“Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal,” Reuters quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying. Israeli negotiators will return to Cairo on Monday to resume indirect talks with the Palestinians if the truce holds, he said.

Egypt brokered a similar truce last week, but fighting resumed as soon as a three-day window ended.

In a statement, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry urged “both sides to exploit this truce to resume indirect negotiations immediately and work towards a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire agreement”.

Earlier, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country “will not negotiate under fire” and warned of a protracted military campaign in the Gaza Strip if rocket salvoes continued.

About 2,000 people have died in the conflict, which began on 8 July when Israel launched an operation to deter militant attacks from Gaza, BBC noted.

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