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Israel, Palestinians Agree to New 72-hour Truce

  • A Palestinian boy runs on rubble of damaged graves at a cemetery hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • A Palestinian man talks to a boy carrying containers as they stand amid the rubble of al-Qassam mosque, hit by an Israeli airstrike Saturday, in Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Smoke, dust and derbies rise after an Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Smoke raises over Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • A Palestinian boy looks outside a car by the rubble of a house hit by an Israeli strike during the Gaza war in Gaza City, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • An Israeli soldier washes a tank at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Firefighters try to extinguish fire after a cleaning materials factory was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Aug. 10, 2014.
Shelling in Gaza - Sunday, August 10
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Officials said Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to a new 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza, providing the warring sides another chance to broker a comprehensive cease-fire.

Egypt said Sunday the new truce would start within hours (at 2100 GMT, 5 p.m. EDT) and clears the path for renewed negotiations in Cairo to end more than a month of fighting between the Hamas militants who run Gaza and neighboring Israel.

A similar 72-hour truce ended abruptly Friday, with Hamas resuming its rocket attacks on the Jewish state and Israel restarting its aerial bombardment of the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean Sea.

Egypt mediated the latest truce, as it had last week's aborted cease-fire. Israel had left the talks in Cairo on Friday, the same day the previous 72-hour cease-fire expired with no progress made toward a longer-term truce.

'Take time, require patience'

Earlier Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Jewish state would not return to truce talks in Cairo unless Hamas militants stopped their rocket fire into Israel.

"It will take time and will require patience. Israel will not negotiate under fire. Israel will continue to act in every way to change the current reality and to bring quiet to all its citizens," Netanyahu said.

"We will stand together in unity and determination until we complete the mission," he added.

Even as Israel and the Palestinians agreed on a new truce, there was more violence.

Israeli soldiers killed an 11-year-old boy in the occupied West Bank in response to what it said was a "violent riot" near Hebron. The youth's relatives said he was playing in front of his house when he was struck by gunfire.

The youth's relatives said he was playing in front of his house when he was struck by gunfire.

A month of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and turned entire neighborhoods into piles of rock, rubble and dust.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

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by: Lake Cloud from: Vietnam
August 11, 2014 1:33 PM
As one of the victims of war, I would like the conflict will end as soon as possible. May the international communities and peace lovers all over the world help them live in concord and happiness. Nobody is the winner in any war, only innocent people are always the losers. Make love not make war.

by: Jeff from: Alaska
August 10, 2014 3:24 PM
Bomb Gaza until unconditional surrender, A war isn't won until someone surrenders. Disarm Hamas and deport the leaders to the countries that support them. Allow anyone in Gaza that wants to leave let them leave to any country willing to accept them..
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 10, 2014 9:54 PM
Hey Jeff from Alaska.... The US has the greatest military forces in the history of the world, and they bombed and bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, (and now tell me), why didn't any of those countries surrender to the US, and why didn't the US defeat any of them?

SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE... The US with the greatest military forces in the history of the world, hasn't defeated any country, in any conflict or war with since WW2...... CRAZY isn't it?..... Bombing or boots on the ground, the US didn't defeat any country....... REALLY

by: Muhammad from: Canada
August 10, 2014 1:23 PM
ya muslimin, if you are a Muslim it is your duty to hate and terrorize America, Israel, Britain, Canada, France, Germany all the nonMuslims should die in agony and fear. Until they submit to the will of Allah. and cry with tears of blood laila illallah muhammadur rasulullah.
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by: wiranto from: indonesia
August 10, 2014 9:05 PM
Mohd. U so hate people's country But u stay in his land. Pls go back to ur origin place n start Barking there. U r 1 tat never appreciate peace n trouble maker. U want to execute allah plan, pls go to ur heaven. Human dont welcome u here. Dont always use religion to achieve ur agenda. If u believe Allah created all, he din authorise u to kill others. U hv been Brain washed. God dont need yr protection but u nid his. If everyone think like u then the west shall illiminate all muslims in his country. Tat means u hv very narrow n backwards mind. Ur r fanatic, n I pity u. Here is politic not religion issue. Just those so call leaders use ur religion to gain support. Understand my friend ?

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