Israel, Hamas said to extend truce for 5 days

Still, rocket fire draws reprisal; Palestinian notes ‘progress’ on end to fighting

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 4:54 a.m.

A displaced Palestinian female stands on the balcony of the U.N. school where her family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters.

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a deal to end the fighting in Gaza.

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