72-hour ceasefire between Hamas, Israel holds into 2nd day
Published on Aug 11, 2014
A 72-hour ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel has entered its second day as the two sides resume talks to reach a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians and Israelis agreed to another Egypt-brokered truce on Sunday. This is the second attempt to halt a month of deadly Israeli bombardment and shelling in Gaza and the retaliatory rocket fire by Palestinian resistance fighters. Since then, the two sides are huddled in the Egyptian capital for what are expected to be marathon negotiations in the coming days. A similar three-day truce collapsed on Friday when Israel wanted Hamas to disarm and rejected the Palestinian demand to end the seven-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip.