File - A Palestinian medic carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike, into the emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet in Cairo to discuss a longer-term truce after the United States and United Nations brokered a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, a joint U.S.-U.N statement said early Friday.The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnel network "with or without a cease-fire" as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400 – surpassing the number killed in Israel's last major invasion of Gaza five years ago. Earlier, the Israeli military said it was calling up an additional 16,000 reserve soldiers to pursue its campaign against Hamas.At least 1,441 Palestinians have been killed, three-quarters of them civilians, since hostilities began on July 8, according to Gaza health officials – surpassing the at least 1,410 Palestinians killed in 2009, according to Palestinian rights groups. Israel says 56 soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker have died – also far more than the 13 Israeli deaths in the previous campaign.
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