Hamas Rejects 4-Hour Truce Extension

    A Palestinian boy walks amongst the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip July 14, 2014. Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 166 Palestinians - among them about 138 civilians, including 30 children - have died during six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 wounded. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3YJD2

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    Although the Israeli Cabinet approved a 4-hour extension to the 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday (and agreed to consider a further extension), Hamas has rejected the deal. The truce would have been extended to midnight on Saturday, but Sami Abu Zuhri sent a text message to reporters saying, “No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours.” The Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to over 1,000 on Saturday and over 100 bodies were recovered during the ceasefire, according to a Gaza health official. Civilians in Gaza used the ceasefire to gather food supplies, find missing family members, or return to homes they had left behind for shelters. The Israeli death toll in the conflict rose to 42 on Saturday.

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