Israel, Hamas agree to a 5-hour 'humanitarian' pause in Gaza fighting

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 10:32 PM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered "humanitarian" pause to their 9-day-long battle.

Israel's bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 200 Palestinians, including four boys struck on a beach Wednesday by shells fired from a navy ship.

Israel says it will hold its fire Thursday from 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. Eastern) under a plan to allow Palestinians to restock food, water and other necessities. But it has vowed to retaliate "firmly and decisively" if Hamas or other militant groups launch attacks on Israel during that time.

Hamas says Gaza militants have decided to respect the pause as well and will refrain from firing rockets during those hours as well.

Israel previously halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after Egypt put forward a cease-fire proposal that unraveled.

Hamas, however, rejected the plan, bemoaning what it said was a lack of support from the Arab world.

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APPHOTO AXLP157: Palestinians run for shelter as they hear bombing in the distance while they flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (16 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO AXLP154: Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (16 Jul 2014)

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