Hamas refuses 4-hour truce extension
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal - AFP/Skayhan Ozer

CAIRO: Hamas refused Saturday an Israeli proposition to extend the humanitarian truce for extra four hours, Sky News Arabia has reported.

Hamas considered the Israeli Cabinet’s proposition as a “one-sided,” Al Bawabh reported, and Israeli police spokesperson tweeted Saturday evening that rockets had been fired from the southern region, and demonstrators in Tel Aviv had been dispersed for their safety.

The Israeli 10th channel reported the decision of extending the truce was made less than two hours before the original 12-hour truce ended, and after a number of foreign ministers from different states including the US Secretary of State John Kerry called to extend it.

The 12-hour humanitarian pause was announced Friday evening in Cairo by Kerry, following a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Additional reporting by Rofaida Awadeen and Mohamed Shalaan.

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