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Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

  • Displaced Palestinian family members pass their time at the U.N. school where they sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Displaced Palestinian family members pass their time at the U.N. school where they sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A displaced Palestinian female stands on the balcony of the U.N. school where her family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A displaced Palestinian female stands on the balcony of the U.N. school where her family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Displaced Palestinian children play on the balcony of the U.N. school where their family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Displaced Palestinian children play on the balcony of the U.N. school where their family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Intisar al Masri, salvages items from the rubble of her family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Intisar al Masri, salvages items from the rubble of her family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians walks next the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians walks next the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Mahmoud al Masri, salvages a chicken from the rubble of his family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Mahmoud al Masri, salvages a chicken from the rubble of his family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Displaced Palestinian family members pass their time at the U.N. school where they sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • A displaced Palestinian female stands on the balcony of the U.N. school where her family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Displaced Palestinian children play on the balcony of the U.N. school where their family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Intisar al Masri, salvages items from the rubble of her family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians walks next the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Mahmoud al Masri, salvages a chicken from the rubble of his family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced yesterday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.

Yet even as the extension was announced just minutes before a previous truce was set to expire at midnight, violence spiked, with Palestinian militants firing five rockets at Israel and Israel targeting sites across the Gaza Strip in response. It was not clear whether the fighting was isolated or might shatter the truce.

Egypt’s foreign ministry and the head of the Palestinian negotiating team announced the extension, which began at midnight local time. A spokesman for Israel’s prime minister had no immediate comment.

The cease-fire extension is meant to grant both sides additional time to negotiate a longer-term truce and a roadmap for the coastal territory.

“We have agreed on a cease-fire for five days,” said Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Palestinian delegation to the Cairo talks. He noted that there had been “significant progress” but that disagreements remained over the wording regarding security arrangements, reconstruction efforts for the Gaza Strip and the permissible fishing area.

The lull in violence had been a welcome reprieve for Israelis and Palestinians living in Gaza. During the temporary cease-fire, Israel halted military operations in the war-battered coastal territory and Gaza militants stopped firing rockets, aside from the ones late yesterday.

The two sides were considering an Egyptian proposal that partially addresses their demands, but deep differences have kept the deal in doubt.

Hamas is seeking an end to a crippling blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007.

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