Hamas Changes and Accepts 24-Hour Truce


An Israeli soldier checks his weapon atop a tank near the border with Gaza July 27, 2014. The Israeli military started fighting again in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, saying Hamas militants had ignored a 24-hour, humanitarian ceasefire requested by the United Nations. Residents in Gaza reported hearing heavy shelling east of Gaza City shortly after the announcement was made. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (ISRAEL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Hamas announced that it would accept a 24-hour humanitarian truce after rejecting Saturday's deal for a ceasefire extension. "It has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. The humanitarian truce was set to begin at 2:00 p.m. local time.. However, Reuters notes that as of that time, both Israelis and Palestinian still appeared to be exchanging violence. Israeli missiles could be heard, as well as warning signals in Israeli border towns, which suggest militants had fired. On Saturday, Israel agreed to an extension of a 12-hour ceasefire on the condition its military could continue locating and destroying military tunnels stemming from Gaza city. One tunnel was found to lead directly to a bedroom in an Israeli kibbutz. Hamas rejected this offer, but its new proposal marks a change of mind. Israel is currently reviewing the conditions of the new ceasefire.