Palestinian deaths 'over 1,000' as Israel plots extension

An Israeli government source has suggested Israel is likely to extend the current 12-hour truce in the Gaza Strip amid claims the Palestinian death toll from the hostilities has risen beyond 1,000 people.

A Gaza health ministry official confirmed the latest toll after 19 days of fighting between the Israeli Defence Force and Hamas militants.

The unnamed Israeli official said Israel was leaning towards extending the truce on condition that tunnel searches could continue.

"As far as Israel is concerned, there is no reason to prevent Gaza's people from stocking up on supplies, so long as the military can continue its work against the tunnels. Our war is not against the population," the official said.