Israel-Hamas truce announced

Ceasefire due to begin on Thursday at 6am local time, Palestinian official says.

    The truce is set to begin on Thursday at 6am (0300GMT) [EPA]

    A ceasefire would aim to end both rocket and mortar bomb attacks on Israel from the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip and Israeli raids in the territory.
    Israeli reaction

    Israel stopped short of confirming the timing of what it said would be an informal arrangement to halt fighting.

    Mark Regev, a spokesman for Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, said Israel would continue preparations for broad military action should a truce fall apart.

    "What is important is not words but actions," he said, repeating Israel's demands for an end to attacks on Israeli civilians, a halt to arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip and progress towards the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier seized by Gaza fighters two years ago.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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