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Israel confirms 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Israel has confirmed a 12-hour "humanitarian window" will take place in Gaza from Saturday morning.

But the country's defence forces warned it would respond if "terrorists choose to exploit this time" to attack soldiers or Israeli citizens.

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From 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, there will be a humanitarian window in Gaza. During this time, we'll continue to locate & neutralize terror tunnels

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We will respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack IDF personnel or fire at Israeli civilians.

Read: Hamas agrees to 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities

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US official: Israel to begin 12-hour ceasefire tomorrow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities in Gaza from 7am local time tomorrow, a US official has told Reuters.

The official made the comment when asked about Mr Kerry's statement that Mr Netanyahu had inferred to him that Israel was willing to undertake a pause as a goodwill gesture.

The Israeli government did not immediately comment on the report.

Kerry plays down claims of Israeli truce rejection

US Secretary of State John Kerry has played down claims Israel's security cabinet has rejected a truce in Gaza, saying a formal proposal had not been put to the body.

Mr Kerry said the cabinet may instead have rejected some "language" of plans towards a truce agreement.

Speaking from Cairo, he said negotiators were making "serious progress" on a truce but had more work to do as he called for fresh focus on the opening of key crossings into the Gaza Strip.

Guns still busy around Gaza as ceasefire talks continue

The sounds of gunfire and the sight of Hamas rockets were still present in Gaza tonight as talks of a ceasefire continued in Cairo, ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reported.

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Ceasefire or no ceasefire, the guns are busy tonight around Gaza - plenty of low thuds (Israeli Navy?) & I have seen Hamas rockets 8.30 pm

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Confident Kerry 'working towards' seven-day truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is confident there is a framework for a truce in Gaza that will "ultimately succeed" despite Israel rejecting the latest ceasefire proposal.

He was joined at a news conference in Cairo by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where both men called for a seven-day humanitarian truce in Gaza across the Eid-ul-Fitr religious holiday, beginning with an extendable 12-hour "pause" in fighting.

Mr Kerry accepted there are still disagreements on the terminology for a Gaza truce but said peacemakers were "working towards" brokering an agreement between Israel and Hamas.

He said he was confident Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "committed" to working towards a peaceful solution.

Orphans of UN school attack left terrified and vengeful

The Israeli security cabinet's rejection of the latest Gaza ceasefire proposal has come after both sides in the conflict renewed air strikes.

The Israeli Defence Force said two more soldier deaths today took its death toll to 35, while more than 800 Palestinians - mostly civilians - have died in 18 days of fighting.

The Palestinian fatalities included 15 people in the shelling of a UN-run school in Gaza yesterday.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers, reporting from a hospital treating the injured, met the young victims orphaned in the school attack:

Israeli soldier Hamas claimed to abduct declared dead

The Israeli Defence Force has announced an Israeli soldier who Hamas claimed to have abducted in Gaza last Sunday was killed in the attack on his vehicle.

Sgt Oron Shaul was unaccounted for after his armoured personnel carrier (APC) was shot in the Sajaiya neighbourhood of the city on July 20.

Hamas claimed to have captured him in an ambush, although this account was reportedly soon disputed by Israeli officers, before the IDF today announced:

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We can confirm that Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, was one of 7 soldiers killed in the explosion of an APC on July 20 in Gaza.

The confirmation of the death of Sgt Shaul and the announcement of the death of two more soldiers today took the IDF toll to 35 since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.

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