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Israel: permanent Gaza cease-fire agreed

Palestinian employees wait outside a bank to collect their salaries during a temporary five-hour humanitarian cease-fire observed by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas July 17, 2014 in Gaza City. (AFP Photo/Mohammad Abed)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli official said Thursday there is an agreement for a comprehensive Gaza cease-fire starting Friday.

In Gaza, there was no immediate confirmation from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups that they had agreed to halt 10 days of cross-border warfare.

"There is an agreement for a cease-fire beginning tomorrow. I believe it is six in the morning," said the official, who asked not to be identified. The official said Israeli leaders approved a truce after a senior Israeli delegation held talks in Egypt.

 

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