Israel, Palestinians say agree to extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

by Reuters
Monday, 18 August 2014 20:41 GMT

Palestinians pray in a makeshift mosque next to the ruins of a mosque, which witnesses said was destroyed during the Israeli offensive, on the fifth day of ceasefire in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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CAIRO/JERUSALEM, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday they had agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.

The deal was confirmed in Cairo and then Jerusalem minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire. A Palestinian official close to the talks in Cairo said the extension would give both sides time "to complete the negotiations".

An Israeli official and security source said in Jerusalem that "on Egypt's request the ceasefire shall be extended by 24 hours to allow further negotiations."

(Additional reporting by Stephen Kalin in Cairo; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan)

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