Israel has followed Hamas in agreeing to the Egypt-brokered 72 hour ceasefire, which comes into affect at 2100 GMT on Sunday evening.
The Palestinian delegate on Sunday accepted a second 72-hour ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt, despite the news that airstrikes continued to hammer the closed-off territory.
According to reports, attacks by Israeli forces killed three people in Gaza on Sunday, including a woman and a 14-year-old boy. Also, Ma’an News reports that the IDF shot and killed a 12-year-old boy near Hebron in the West Bank while the troops were escorting Israeli engineers into a neighborhood known as Nabat al-Haffara for “unknown reasons.”
“We are here to look for an agreement. We cannot have an agreement without talks, so we accepted an Egyptian proposal to have a cease-fire for 72 hours in order to resume the talks,” said a Palestinian negotiator. There was no immediate Israeli response.
Earlier, Hamas’s deputy chairman and lead negotiator, Moussa Abu Marzouk, told the Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley that the Palestinian delegation was contemplating abandoning talks because Israel has never formally addressed the Palestinians demands, namely to end the 8-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.
However, according to the Associated Press, the Palestinian delegation may now be “softening” their demands.
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