Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Hamas to extend truce for five days

The current Gaza ceasefire ends at midnight local time (9pm GMT) (AP)
The current Gaza ceasefire ends at midnight local time (9pm GMT) (AP)

The head of the Palestinian delegation negotiating a truce with Israel says Hamas has agreed to extend a ceasefire for another five days.

Azzam al-Ahmad said the ceasefire was meant to ensure a "positive atmosphere", while noting there had been "lots of progress" in the talks.

A Hamas official earlier said the truce had been extended for 72 hours.

Israeli officials have declined to comment.

The Israeli military says at least three rockets have been fired at Israel despite Hamas saying the ceasefire is extended.

Earlier, Israeli police said a rocket landed in Israel two hours before the end of the truce. It fell in an open area and caused no damage or injuries, a spokeswoman said.

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