Middle East

Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce: Israeli official

A Palestinian woman walks past Israeli soldiers during a protest by Palestinians against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

JERUSALEM: Israel is willing to extend a temporary truce in and around Gaza for another 72 hours after the current one expires at midnight (2100 GMT), an Israeli official said late Wednesday.

"Israel agreed to an Egyptian proposal to extend the truce by 72 hours," the official told AFP shortly after the negotiating team returned from Cairo following three days of intensive talks aimed at agreeing a long-term ceasefire.





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