Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer
A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.
The two sides have been negotiating through Egyptian mediators in Cairo for the past week.
A barrage of rockets was launched toward the coastal city of Ashkelon on Sunday afternoon even as reports emerged that Hamas was prepared to accept the 72-hour cease-fire.
After sporadic rocket fire targeted the Israeli communities surrounding Gaza throughout Sunday morning and afternoon, heavy rocket fire just after 3 p.m. set off repeated sirens in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
At least one rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Just prior to the launching of the salvo, the IDF struck a terror operative in southern Gaza who was preparing to launch projectiles into Israel. The army struck an additional terror operative in the northern Strip. Palestinian sources in Gaza said that three people had been killed in Israeli strikes on Sunday, including a boy of 14 and a woman.