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ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers walk along the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People enjoy the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: An Israeli soldier's uniform and boots sit in the sand on the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Members of Nongovernmental organizations and the media inspect the damage during a two-hour temporary cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
The leader of the largest Bahraini Shiite opposition group, Sheik Ali Salman, center, and Radhi al-Mousawi, left, of the liberal Al-Wa'ad society, participate in a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and debris fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Destroyed buildings are seen following an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Debris and smoke fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top L) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrainis wave Palestinians and national flags during a protest in support of Gaza in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Israeli soldiers display national flag on top of an armored personnel carrier near the border of Israel and Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli soldier prays near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A Bahraini boy holds a sign during a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
A Bahraini boy participates in a protest in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in support of Gaza. A Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said that officials recovered more than 100 bodies alone on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Bahrainis carry a model of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock during a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. Israel's defense minister warned he might soon expand the ground operation in Gaza "significantly." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Israelis and tourists enjoy the Mediterranean Sea beachfront during a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israelis and tourists enjoy the Mediterranean Sea beachfront during a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A Palestinian man runs when he hears an Israeli tank movement from its position behind the hill, close to the border with Israel, as he return to inspect damage to his house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk by the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians run when they hear an Israeli tank movement from its position behind the hill, close to the border with Israel, as they return to inspect damage to their houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinians man leads his sheep through the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Mahmoud Elbiss, 19, holds copies of the Holy Quran, Islam's holy book, that he salvaged from the rubble of houses, destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinians man leads his sheep through the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Manal Keferna, 30, cries upon her return during a 12-hour cease-fire to the family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk by the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they return the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during a statements with Israel's President Shimon Peres at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in the region to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make the highest-level push to end the deadly conflict. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City on July 26, 2014, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians check the damage at the Aqsa martyrs hospital which was hit by an Israeli strike Monday, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians check the damage at the Aqsa martyrs hospital, which was hit by an Israeli strike Monday, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Israeli left wing activists light candles with shape of the word "Sorry" in Hebrew and place portraits on the ground of Israelis and Palestinians who have been killed in the conflict, during a demonstration against the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Hamas says it has fired five rockets at Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours. The Palestinian militant group says two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel's second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Israeli left wing activists light candles with shape of the word "Sorry" in Arabic and place portraits on the ground of Israelis and Palestinians who were killed in the conflict, during a demonstration against the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Hamas says it has fired five rockets at Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours. The Palestinian militant group says two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel's second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 26: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (R) hold a joint press conference about 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JULY 26: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout provided by the Israel Minister of Defense office, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), meets with Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon (C) and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, during an evening consultation at the Kirya July 26, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and over 1,035 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Ariel Harmoni/ Israel Minister of Defense via Getty Images)
BEIT HANOUN, GAZA - JULY 26: Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (2ndL), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd R), as they walk down staircase after their meeting regarding 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris, France. (Photo by Ezz Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
(From L) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond give a press conference after their meeting regarding a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris. Top diplomats from the US, Europe and the Middle East called Saturday for an extension to the temporary 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas currently in force in Gaza. 'We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire,' France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after a meeting in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as an EU representative. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli tanks fire a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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By ARON HELLER AND IBRAHIM BARZAK

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce.

After Israel announced a 24-hour truce late Saturday, Palestinian militants fired rockets deep into Israel, prompting it to resume an offensive aimed at destroying rocket launchers and cross-border attack tunnels used by Hamas, the Islamic militant group ruling the coastal strip.

But hours after the renewal of hostilities Hamas said it would be willing to abide by a new 24-hour humanitarian truce ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is expected to begin Monday or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. But shortly after the truce was to have started warning sirens wailed in southern Israel and the military said three rockets landed in the area, without causing casualties or damage.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, did not say if Israel would hold its fire during the time requested by Hamas, but said troops would continue demolishing militant tunnels - the central goal of the Israeli ground operation in Gaza.

Families in Gaza would ordinarily be busy now with preparations for the holiday, with children getting new clothes, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other.

In the outdoor market of the Jebaliya refugee camp, vendors set up stands with clothes and shoes, but said business was slow. Hamed Abul Atta, 22, a shoe salesman, said he hadn't made a single sale in the first three hours after opening.

Abul Atta said he had opened the shop Sunday to get away from the crowded apartment where he and his family were staying with relatives after fleeing an area of heavy fighting, the Shijaiyah district in Gaza City.

He said his family house in Shijaiyah was badly damaged and that a cousin and three other relatives were among dozens of people killed in heavy fighting there last week.

"We can't feel any joy right now," he said when asked if he would mark the holiday in some way.

Israel had offered a 24-hour truce late Saturday, but Hamas -- which has demanded the lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on Gaza as well as the release of Palestinian prisoners -- rejected it.

The 20-day war has killed more than 1,060 Palestinians, mainly civilians, according to Palestinian health officials. Israel has lost 43 soldiers, while two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel were killed by rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza.

The military had earlier said about a dozen rockets were fired toward Israel since midnight -- without causing casualties or damage -- and that as a result it would "resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip." The Israeli military released a video showing a rocket being fired from what it said was a Gaza school.

"The military is aiming its fire at terror sites, but if citizens are accidently harmed Hamas is responsible for this since it once again violated an offer for a humanitarian lull that Israel accepted." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

The 12-hour lull on Saturday -- agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and U.N. mediation efforts -- saw Palestinians return to neighborhoods reduced to rubble and allowed medics to collect close to 150 bodies, Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

The Israeli military says it is doing its utmost to prevent civilian casualties, including by sending evacuation warnings to residents in targeted areas, and blames Hamas for putting civilians in harm's way.

More than 160,000 displaced Palestinians have sought shelter at dozens of U.N. schools, an eight-fold increase since the start of Israel's ground operation more than a week ago, the U.N. said.

Hamas and other militants in Gaza have fired more than 2,400 rockets at Israel since hostilities began on July 8, many deep into the Israeli heartland and toward most of the country's major cities.

Israeli airstrikes have destroyed hundreds of homes, including close to 500 in direct hits, according to Palestinian rights groups, Entire Gaza neighborhoods near the border have been reduced to rubble.

Before the announcement of the holiday cease-fire, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri had said any truce must include a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and that tens of thousands of displaced people must be allowed to return to their homes.

Israel's acceptance of the cease-fire extension was premised on its soldiers remaining in Gaza to destroy the more than 30 tunnels the military says it has found. Hamas has said it will not halt fire until it wins guarantees that the border blockade, tightened by Israel and Egypt after it seized the territory in 2007, will be lifted.

Any new border arrangements for Gaza would likely give a role to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who reached a power-sharing deal earlier this year with Hamas that was harshly condemned by Israel.

Egypt wants forces loyal to Abbas to be posted on the Gaza side of the border before considering opening its Rafah crossing.

Hamas officials have said they do not oppose such an arrangement, but would not surrender control over the group's thousands-strong security forces, meaning it would remain the de facto power in Gaza.

Israeli police meanwhile said security forces prevented a major attack when they stopped a suspicious vehicle in the West Bank and discovered a large explosive inside. Police said the suspect was a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Ramallah in his 30s.

The West Bank remained calm in the early days of the Gaza conflict but in recent days has seen growing protests and clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli security forces. Nine Palestinians have been killed there.

In Gaza, the local Red Cross office said its building in Khan Younis was attacked by a "crowd of angry people."

Witnesses said the crowd that stormed the building had lost family members during the fighting and were angry over what they said was a lack of support by emergency services.

Nadia Dibsy, an ICRC spokeswoman in Jerusalem, said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but that the reception area and office materials sustained damage from a small fire.

"We definitely deplore this kind of incident, which we take quite seriously. It's an obstruction of the work and efforts we've been doing since the beginning of this conflict," said Dibsy. "We are doing the best we can, we are asking people not to take their anger out on us."

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