Israeli troops 'unlikely to leave Gaza before next week'

A truce involving the withdrawal of Israeli ground forces from Gaza is unlikely before next week, an Israeli cabinet minister said.

A Palestinian man surveys fresh damage in the northern Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

Science Minister Yaakov Peri told the Walla news agency the troops needed more time to destroy the network of tunnels used by Hamas militants.

I do not see a ceasefire in the coming days where the IDF leave.

I can say authoritatively that two or three days will not be enough to finish tackling the tunnels.

– Israeli science minister Yaakov Peri