Gaza 72-hour humanitarian truce by Israel and Hamas underway


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Israel and Hamas have begun an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

The truce came into effect at 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo.

Israel says it will continue to destroy tunnels built by Hamas into Israel.

More than 1,450 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died since the conflict began, health officials say. Sixty-one Israeli soldiers, two civilians and a Thai national have been killed.

Israel says it aims to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza and remove the threat of being attacked from the tunnels.

Hamas wants a blockade of Gaza, maintained by both Israel and Egypt, to be lifted.

BBC

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