Saturday, July 26

Hamas not consulted in Israeli extend seasefire truce for another 24 hours that you know Israel will break

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's security cabinet late 

Saturday voted to extend the humanitarian truce with Gaza 

militants for 24 hours, media reported.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on its website that after 

being pressed by the UN, Israel agreed to halt airstrikes 

and shellings on the Gaza Strip until midnight Sunday, but 

would continue locating and destroying tunnels.

The report said the army would respond to any violation of 

the ceasefire.

A diplomatic source had told Haaretz earlier that Hamas 

would agree to a 24-hour extension of the ceasefire.

Earlier Israeli media reported that Israel had extended the 

humanitarian ceasefire from 8 p.m to 12:00 a.m., but a 

Hamas spokesman said the Islamist movement had not 

been consulted about the extension. 

Al-Qassam Brigades said it fired rockets into Israel 40 

minutes after the truce officially expired.

A Ma'an reporter in Gaza said that following rocket fire, 

Israeli forces shot a man dead in Deir al-Balah and shelled 

an area east of Rafah.

Also late Saturday, the Israeli army said two soldiers who 

had been wounded in Gaza in recent days had died of their 

wounds, bringing the number of soldiers killed since the 

beginning of the ground invasion to 42.

Another rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over 

Kiryat Ekron in central Israel.

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza rose to well over 1,000 on 

Saturday, as search teams recovered bodies from destroyed 

buildings during the brief ceasefire.

Some 151 bodies were recovered during the 12-hour 

window, according to the Ministry of Health.

Nearly 6,000 Palestinians have been injured in the offensive.

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