72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza

The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.

In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to an unconditional cease-fire during which there would be negotiations on a more durable truce.

The statement was released in New Delhi, where Secretary of State John Kerry is now meeting with Indian officials.

Kerry says as soon as the truce begins, both sides will sit down in Egypt to talk about the reasons for the conflict.

The truce kicks in at 1 am eastern time.

 

 

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