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Israel agrees 12-hour Gaza ceasefire Saturday morning: US official

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An Israeli army armoured personnel carrier (APC) moves along Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014An Israeli army armoured personnel carrier (APC) moves along Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014

An Israeli army armoured personnel carrier (APC) moves along Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014An Israeli army armoured personnel carrier (APC) moves along Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014

Israel has announced a unilateral 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting on Saturday morning, a US official said.

"Israel has agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire from 07:00 am Saturday," said the US official travelling with Secretary of State John Kerry, who was leaving Cairo without securing a longer ceasefire deal between Israel and Palestinian movement Hamas.

It was unclear whether the ceasefire was due to start at 7:00 am Israeli time or GMT.

Date created : 2014-07-25