Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to extend the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip by another 24 hours, mere minutes before the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was supposed to expire, in an effort to buy enough time to work out a more permanent peaceful solution to their conflict.
The agreement was reached yesterday as gaps on key issues continued to hinder the efforts to achieve a long-term deal between Israel and the armed groups that reside in the Gaza Strip, dominated by Hamas, which would allow the Palestinians in the region to receive aid and begin rebuilding after five weeks of on-and-off fighting.
The month-long war was put on hold more than a week ago when Egyptian leaders managed to secure a 72-hour truce, which was later extended by another five days, and was just extended by another 24 hours. Palestinian officials claim that the latest extension would give both sides time “to complete the negotiations.”
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