Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip beginning early Tuesday. All parties have agreed to a halt in fighting for 72 hours starting at 5:00am (3:00pm AEST).
The announcement came late Monday in Cairo, where Egyptian mediators held talks with a Palestinian delegation on terms of a durable truce in war-torn Gaza.
A senior Israeli official was quoted as saying an Israeli delegation was headed to Cairo for talks during the three-day cease-fire aimed at reaching agreement on a long-term truce.
Earlier Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country’s military forces were nearing the end of their push to destroy tunnels Hamas has used to store weapons and infiltrate the Jewish state.
But he said Israel’s 28-day campaign to demilitarize Gaza and end Hamas rocket launches into Israel will end only when there is “a prolonged period of quiet and security” for Israeli citizens.
Emergency workers in Gaza City said Monday that Israeli warplanes bombed the Shati refugee camp, killing an 8-year-old girl and wounding 30 others just minutes before an earlier seven-hour truce expired.
The Israeli military said it is looking into the report, while accusing militants of firing four rockets from Gaza into Israel.
In Jerusalem Monday, a Palestinian man rammed a massive construction excavator into a bus, killing a nearby pedestrian. Police described the incident as a “terrorist attack.” A short time later, Israeli media reported that a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded an Israeli soldier before fleeing.
Officials from Hamas presented their list of conditions for a cease-fire with Israel.
Part of their conditions are: Prisoner release, end the blockade,open ports and to extend the fishing zones.
The delegation in Cairo include members of president Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and Leaders from Hamas. The representatives met with the Egyptian mediators late in the day even as the Israeli Defence Force began pulling some of it forces out of Gaza.
Israel didn’t send any representatives due to the break down of the last cease-fire.