A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been extended for a further five days, following indirect talks between the two sides in Cairo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend the ceasefire in Gaza for a further five days, a Palestinian negotiator said on Wednesday (August 13).
A three-day ceasefire already in place was due to end at 2100GMT, but after indirect talks in Cairo between the two sides, a longer truce was agreed.
"In the final moments, or the final minutes, it was agreed to extend the ceasefire for five more days. It will begin at midnight tonight and it will end on Monday. Instead of 72 hours, it is 120 hours. The Palestinian delegation will leave for Ramallah tomorrow morning for consultations with President Mahmoud Abbas and with the Palestinian leadership," said Palestinian negotiator, Azzam Ahmed.
He said during the negotiations that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators had agreed on most points, but some outstanding issues remained.
"In the coming weeks, we hope to be able to reach a final agreement and that this agreement will have full Arab, regional and international support," said Ahmed.
As the deadline for the original ceasefire neared, Israel moved forces closer to Gaza and called up additional reservist troops, Israeli media reported.
At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip also struck Israel on Wednesday, moments before the three-day truce was set to expire, police said.
A spokesman said two rockets landed in open areas causing no damage or casualties.
Israel had no immediate comment about the deal reached in Cairo.
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