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Report: Palestinian Arab Delegation Agrees to 72-Hour Truce

Palestinian media sources claim that all sides have agreed to a 72-hour truce. But is it another false alarm?
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/10/2014, 2:34 PM / Last Update: 8/10/2014, 2:58 PM

Hamas supporters in Gaza
Hamas supporters in Gaza
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The Palestinian Arab delegation in Cairo - comprising of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah (Palestinian Authority) members - have tentatively agreed to a cease-fire, PA state television reports Sunday.

IDF Radio correspondents first broke the news to Israeli media; according to the public news outlet, PA state TV reports claim that the delegation has agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire. 

Israeli officials and international media have yet to comment on the report, which could be another false alarm after multiple reports of deals in Cairo, and after the Israeli delegation left last week following the renewed rocket fire on Friday after the last ceasefire. 

The announcement has sparked some skepticism, as senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq, who is involved in the Cairo talks, told AFP on Sunday that "the possibility of negotiations to succeed is weak. It is possible that the Palestinian delegation will leave to consult its leaders any minute."

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have, additionally, broken no fewer than six "humanitarian ceasefires" so far, including one bilateral agreement brokered by the UN. 

Meanwhile, rockets have continued to rain on Gaza Belt communities throughout the past several hours. The most recent volley saw two missiles hit a field near Sderot and ignite a brushfire, according to Yediot Aharonot - and the fire is currently spreading. 

Hours earlier, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that Israel would not engage in negotiations while under fire. 

"Israel will not negotiate under fire," Netanyahu stressed, at the opening to his weekly Cabinet meeting. "Israel will continue to act in any way [necessary] to change the current situation and bring peace to all its citizens. We stand together in unity and determination, until we're finished [with the campaign]." 

Updates to follow.