Last updated: 13 August, 2014

Israel wants to extend Gaza truce, says Israeli official

Israel is willing to extend a temporary truce in and around Gaza for another 72 hours after the current one expires at midnight (2100 GMT), an Israeli official said late Wednesday.

“Israel agreed to an Egyptian proposal to extend the truce by 72 hours,” the official told AFP shortly after the negotiating team returned from Cairo following three days of intensive talks aimed at agreeing a long-term ceasefire.