Israel agrees to 2-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza - military spokesman

by Reuters
Sunday, 20 July 2014 10:38 GMT

A Palestinian man holds a child while fleeing the Shujayeh neighbourhood during heavy Israeli shelling in Gaza City July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) - Israel agreed to a two-hour humanitarian truce on Sunday in a neighborhood in the Gaza Strip hit hard by Israeli shelling, an Israeli military spokesman said.

The ceasefire, requested by the International Committee of the Red Cross, will last from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (1030-1230 GMT) in the Shejaia district, where health officials said at least 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

Hamas said earlier that it would abide by a temporary truce. (Writing by Ari Rabinovitch, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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