Gaza Cease-Fire Extended by Five Days

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_249efa8cec.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Both sides have agreed to a five-day extension of the existing cease-fire in Gaza, following extensive negotiations in Cairo. The extension was announced by both United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq and Azzam El Ahmad, head of the Palestinian delegation to the negotiations. The extension was accepted less than one hour before the end of a 72-hour cease-fire.

The Israeli delegation did not immediately confirm the extension of the cease-fire.

Earlier on Wednesday, five rockets were fired from Gaza, violating the existing cease-fire.  No injuries were reported in Israel, nor were there any injuries reported in connection with an Israeli response in the form of airstrikes in open areas of Gaza.

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