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Israelis and Palestinians agree to a 24-hour extension of their truce
Israelis and Palestinians agree to a 24-hour extension of their truce

Spurred by yet another expiring Gaza Strip cease-fire, Israelis and Palestinians agreed late Monday on a 24-hour extension of their latest truce to work out an accord addressing major points of contention, including an easing of the blockade of the coastal territory, the warring parties and mediator Egypt said. Word of the extension, initially disclosed in the Egyptian capital by Hamas official Izzat Rishq and confirmed by Egyptian and Israeli officials, came as the clock ticked down on the latest cessation of hostilities. Throughout the day Monday, Egypt had prodded Israel and the Palestinians to take steps to avert a new outbreak of fighting. Under the broad outlines of the emerging...

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