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Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.

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Israel 'widens range of targets' in Gaza

Smoke rises after Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Thick black smoke billowed above Gaza City this morning as Israel continues its bombardment of Palestinian militant targets.

An explosion in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Zakot

The Israeli military has widened its range of targets to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets, Reuters reported.

An Israeli soldier sleeps atop an armoured personnel carrier near the border of the Gaza Strip Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Witnesses told the news agency that a building housing the al Quds TV offices was targeted early this morning and an employee said a number of his colleagues had been injured in the strike.

The second building, where Hamas' Al Aqsa TV studio is located, was reportedly hit some five hours later.

A Palestinian carries his belongings from a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon wrote on Twitter, "As of now we have struck more than 1,000 targets, so Hamas should do the math over whether it is or isn't worth it to cease fire".

Palestinian Civil Defense members cut through metal as they search for victims under rubble Credit: Reuters/Suhaib Salem

"If there is quiet in the South and no rockets and missiles are fired at Israel's citizens nor terrorist attacks engineered from the Gaza Strip, we will not attack", he added.

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