#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 26 – Following collapse over the talks with Kerry and Netanyahu Israel has agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza starting Saturday morning that will last several hours, according to the Associated Press.
The Israeli military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warns that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also says that "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue," AP reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Secretary of State John Kerry Friday that Israel would agree to the truce, CNN reported.
"Of course, they will," Barghouti told CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "Not only Hamas but all Palestinians."
International efforts to negotiate a longer seven-day ceasefire continue.
The news comes hours after Israel’s Security Cabinet rejected a proposed one-week cease-fire to end weeks of bloodshed, which has killed more than 800.
Britain’s U.N. ambassador says there may be "an extremely short" humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas on Saturday lasting several hours.
Mark Lyall Grant told reporters Friday that Britain is very disappointed at the failure to reach agreement on a sustainable cease-fire but perhaps a humanitarian pause "will open up a little bit of space to work on a more sustainable cease-fire."
U.S. officials later said Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire in principle, but did not say if it came with a starting time. A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said the group agreed to a 12-hour lull, starting at 8 a.m. local time Saturday.
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