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Gaza death toll mounts to 940 amid fragile 12-hour truce

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A 12-hour “humanitarian window” began today after Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting,

AP7_10_2014_000001AJerusalem: A 12-hour “humanitarian window” began today after Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting, even as 76 more bodies were recovered taking the Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to over 940 with 38 Israeli deaths.

An army statement said that Gazans who had previously been warned by the military to vacate their homes due to planned attacks should “refrain from returning” and said forces would retaliate if attacked or if militants were to fire rockets into Israel.

It added that under the agreement the army would continue to destroy militants’ tunnels in areas of the Gaza Strip under its control.

Hamas said earlier that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached “national consensus on a humanitarian truce”.

A statement from the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza warned people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of “explosive objects”.

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