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Palestinians, Israel agree on new 72-hour truce

Palestinians and Israelis agree to a three-day cease-fire set to begin midnight Sunday.

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Danielle haynes
Palestinian children hold posters and banners outside an UNRWA school during a protest against the killing of children on August 10, 2014 in the southern city of Rafah, a week after the school was hit by an Israeli strike, killing at least 10 Palestinians. The school was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the ongoing violence in Gaza. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
Palestinian children hold posters and banners outside an UNRWA school during a protest against the killing of children on August 10, 2014 in the southern city of Rafah, a week after the school was hit by an Israeli strike, killing at least 10 Palestinians. The school was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the ongoing violence in Gaza. UPI/Ismael Mohamad | License Photo

GAZA, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- In a deal brokered by Egyptian officials, Israelis and Palestinian factions agreed to a new 72-hour cease-fire to begin at midnight Sunday, senior Israeli officials said.

Palestinian groups agreed to the three-day truce Sunday evening and less than an hour later, Israel accepted the proposal, Israeli news agency Haaretz reported.

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The deal is set to begin midnight Sunday to open the door for an Israeli delegation to travel to Egypt for negotiations for a longer-lasting agreement. Israel said it wouldn't negotiate while still under fire.

The arrangement comes two days after a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel expired.

Meanwhile, Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra said an Israeli attack Saturday that destroyed a mosque in Gaza was responsible for the death of senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid.

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