Israel and Hamas Agree to 72 Hour Truce

Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire for 72 hours in the Gaza Strip. Both parties will conduct negotiations in Cairo, Egypt.

As reported by AFP on Friday (01/08/2014), United States Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides will conduct negotiations at 08:00 am local time.

"The ceasefire is very important for innocent civilians to get humanitarian aid," said Kerry.

"During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive much-needed humanitarian assistance, and the opportunity to carry out the important things, including burying the dead, caring for the wounded, and storing food supplies," he added.

Hamas party has confirmed the truce. Through his spokesman, Fawzi Barhum said both sides would respect the ceasefire agreed.

"Hamas accepts ceasefire for humanitarian assistance for 72 hours," he said.