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Hamas and Israel extend cease-fire by five days
Hamas and Israel extend cease-fire by five days

Warring parties in the Gaza Strip agreed to extend their cease-fire by five more days, negotiators announced late Wednesday, moments before a previous truce was due to expire. But the brinkmanship — and a brief flare-up of hostilities — suggested that reaching a durable accord could be a difficult task. Palestinian spokesman Azzam Ahmad, at a news conference in Cairo, said he hoped that a permanent end to the hostilities could be negotiated during the five-day extension. He blamed Israel for delays in reaching an accord, but said indirect talks so far had produced broad agreement on a number of points. Hamas official Izzat Rishq also confirmed the new truce. Israel had...