Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to take shelter in a United Nations school for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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Israeli and Palestinian officials said Monday they had agreed to extend a Gaza cease-fire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue indirect negotiations in Cairo for terms of a possible agreement.The negotiations center on an Egyptian proposal that meets some of the Palestinian demands, such as easing the blockade of Gaza, but defer other stumbling blocks to later negotiations.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would hit back hard if Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza resume.The talks are focused on an Egyptian proposal for a lasting cease-fire, which postpones discussions on the thorniest issues, such as Hamas demands for a port and airport in Gaza, for another month.Separately, the Israeli army confirmed that five of its 64 dead soldiers were killed by "friendly fire".
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