Hamas rejects proposal, extends truce with Israel by 4 hours

By Melissa Barclay,

Israel proposed an extension to the original 12 hour truce agreed to by Hamas and Israel. However, Hamas rejected that extension which would allow the ceasefire to continue until midnight on Saturday.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, sent a text to reporters, denying the four hour extension, reported USA Today.

"No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours," he said in the text.
Shortly after, three rockets were fired from Gaza.

Before Hamas rejected, Yuval Steinitz, an Israeli Cabinet minister, and the Israel Cabinet all agreed to the extension, and even said a further extension would be considered.

Originally, the United States and the United Nations proposed a seven-day truce, which Israel rejected on Friday. During the rejected week, talks about lifting the border blockade of Gaza would have discussed.

The death toll since the fighting began on July 8 rose to more almost 1,000, with mainly women and children civilians being the victims. Bodies were also recovered during the cease-fire hours which began at 8.m..

According to the Los Angeles Times, Gazan civilians began the search for food supplies and missing family members. Destroyed roads and neighborhoods made the searches difficult.

Siham Kafarneh, from the northern town of Beit Hanoun, weeped as she took in the damage, including her own home that was destroyed.

“Nothing is left. Everything I have is gone,” she said.

U.S. Secretary of State John F.Kerry said that a longer cease-fire could be finalized early next week.



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