Palestinian Mohammad Ibrahim prepares tea in the first floor of the shelled out remains of his home in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip August 14, 2014. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)
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A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appeared to be holding despite a rocky start Thursday, fanning cautious optimism of progress in the negotiations underway in Cairo between Israel and major Palestinian factions, including Hamas.Israel has lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.Israel's military said eight Hamas rockets were launched at Israel but that the firing stopped in the early hours of Thursday morning.Gaza police said it recorded 17 Israeli strikes but that no casualties were reported. Israel wants Hamas to disarm, or at least be prevented from re-arming.
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