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Cease-fire reportedly extended


August 13, 2014 | 2:30 pm

<em>Israeli soldiers rest just outside the border with the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 12. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters</em>

Israeli soldiers rest just outside the border with the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 12. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

The Israeli and Palestinian delegations reportedly agreed to extend their cease-fire for at least three days, according to several news reports.

Meanwhile, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday night starting two hours before the cease-fire was scheduled to expire at midnight. No injuries or damage were reported. Hamas denied firing the rockets.

The head of the Palestinian delegation, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, announced the extension, according to the French news agency AFP. A cease-fire extension was reported as well on the Hamas and Islamic Jihad television stations, according to the Times of Israel. No Israeli officials appeared to confirm, however.

Meanwhile, a separate rocket landed on an Egyptian house near the Gaza border on Wednesday night, killing a 13-year-old girl. Two of the girl’s siblings were injured in the attack in el-Mattallah, a Sinai town, but it is not clear from where the rocket was fired, the Times of Israel reported.

In another incident Wednesday, an Italian journalist, his translator and three Palestinian bomb disposal experts were killed in Gaza while trying to defuse an unexploded Israeli missile.

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