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New Gaza truce still holding after shaky start

( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-15 08:24:04

Israel and militants in Gaza were holding their fire on Thursday after a new truce got off to a shaky start, with nighttime Palestinian rocket fire followed by Israeli airstrikes.

Late on Wednesday, negotiators in Cairo brokered an 11th-hour extension to an existing truce, with the warring sides agreeing to hold their fire for another five days to allow for continued negotiations over a long-term cease-fire.

But even before the renewal of the 72-hour truce was announced, at least one rocket hit Israel with another five striking in the following hours, the army said, without specifying whether they hit before or after the new truce came into effect at midnight. One rocket was shot down.

New Gaza truce still holding after shaky start

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