Gaza Cease-Fire Follows More Heavy Clashes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_f28df063ee.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire early Saturday in order to allow for humanitarian activity. The pause in tensions follows some of the heaviest clashes. The Palestine Health Ministry says the total death toll in the clashes rose to 985 in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces say 40 people have been killed in Israel, including 37 IDF soldiers and three civilians.

Gaza residents have been using the cease-fire to gather supplies and retrieve bodies of the dead. International talks continued on Saturday in Paris in the hopes of reaching a long-term truce. Israel said that it would continue to "locate and neutralize" tunnels used by Hamas during the cease-fire.

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