Gaza truce extended by 24 hours

21:26, Aug 18 2014

Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire - which expired 9am NZ time - by another 24 hours.

The deal was confirmed in Cairo and then Jerusalem minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire. A Palestinian official close to the talks in Cairo said the extension would give both sides time "to complete the negotiations".

An Israeli official and security source said in Jerusalem that "on Egypt's request the ceasefire shall be extended by 24 hours to allow further negotiations".

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Reuters