Israel and Hamas Agree to Another 24-Hour Cease-Fire


Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

David Silverman/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Until midnight Tuesday at least, there will continue to be a cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

The two sides confirmed late Monday that the five-day truce would be extended another 24 hours to give Israeli and Palestinian negotiators more time to try and hammer out a long-term agreement to end hostilities that led to the invasion of Gaza and 2,000 deaths, nearly all of them Palestinians.

Al Jazeera reported that the Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to more serious talks within a month to discuss such issues as building a Gaza seaport, one of the demands made by Hamas.

The plan discussed by negotiators also includes the reconstruction of Gaza following weeks of bombardment by Israeli war jets and rockets. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would oversee this project.

There was no word about Israel’s chief demand — that is, the demilitarization of Hamas to guarantee the security of the homeland.

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