This is just a ruse to get more time to organize for round 123,456.

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NOTE: A hudna is an Islamic term designating terms reached by warring jihadi parties seeking to end hostilities for the moment, until a time is reached when they have the upper hand, and resume the violence.

Israel-Gaza ceasefire deal ‘reached’

Palestinians queue outside a bank in Gaza City (17 July 2014)
Palestinians queued outside banks in Gaza City ahead of Thursday’s humanitarian truce

A ceasefire deal has been reached to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, an Israeli official has told the BBC.

He said it was due to take effect on Friday at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT).

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has denied a deal has been reached at talks in Egypt, but that efforts are continuing.

Some 227 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the current crisis began on 8 July. One Israeli has been killed by mortar fire from Gaza.

Israel launched its military operation in Gaza nine days ago with the stated objective of halting Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

However, the United Nations says most of those killed in Gaza have been civilians.

Israel accuses Hamas of hiding its military infrastructure within the civilian population.

More here. H/T: JD

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