Israel extends Gaza truce for 24 hours

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GAZA STRIP, ISRAEL – A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended Saturday afternoon, with some hopes of extending the truce.

The cease-fire enabled Palestinians to move medical supplies into Gaza, families to emerge from shelters, and for those who fled, to return to the devastation.

There were some reports of israel agreeing to extend the truce by four hours, but Hamas rejected it, and Israel says four mortar shells were fired from Gaza.

Despite fresh rocket fire, Israel approved a new, 24-hour truce, but Hamas has yet to accept.

The Palestinian death toll has passed 1,000 people, mostly civilians, over the 19 days since Israel launched its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, in response to missle attacks on Israel.

42 Israelis have also died in the conflict, while battling an enemy embedded among the Palestinian civilian population.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris, meeting with foreign ministers of Turkey, Qatar, and a few European countries, in hopes of pushing through an extension of the cease-fire.

Meanwhile, the whole world waits with bated breath for the next move.

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