Hamas, Israel agree on 72-hour cease-fire
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CAIRO: Israel and Hamas agreed on a 72-hour cease-fire agreement to start Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time, and under no conditions from either party, according to Sky News Arabia.

Israeli Channel 2 reported official Israeli security sources as saying Israel has called the Egyptian government and informed it of its approval on the cease-fire agreement, Youm7 reported.

Israel said that it will withdraw troops from the Gaza Strip, but in the event the Palestinian side broke the truce, it would respond to any shootings from the Gaza Strip.

A few hours earlier an Israeli army spokesman said “the army destroyed all the tunnels that have been found in the Gaza Strip, and we still have a number of goals,” according to Sky News Arabia.

Channel 2 also reported that a source involved in the cease-fire talks in Cairo said that all sides have agreed to a speedy end to the war, and the end of 28 days of bloodshed.

Earlier Monday, Israel announced a seven-hour truce from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee said on social media. However, Al-Arabiya reported Monday that Sami Abu Zuhri, the official spokesman for Hamas, said the Israeli measure was an “attempt to divert attention from occupation massacres.”

Since the beginning of the current Israeli offensive in Gaza on July 8, 1,865 Palestinians have been killed, and 9,470 injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra on his Facebook page Monday.

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