A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation reportedly broke down over a misunderstanding between Israel and the United States.
Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday they had agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.
A spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza said a cease-fire agreement will be signed with Israel next week, though Israeli officials have not confirmed this.
Israel and the Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.
Israel and Palestinian factions agreed on Wednesday to extend a three-day Gaza truce by an additional 72 hours, a Palestinian official with knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo told Reuters.
The Obama administration will not leverage arms transfers to Israel to bring about a cease-fire, the top Pentagon spokesman said.
The Palestinian Authority announced that it has brokered a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire with all Palestinian factions, with the possibility of extending it an additional 48 hours.
Fighting between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the opposition has reached a stalemate, and the regime plans on calling for a ceasefire at an upcoming conference in Geneva, Syria’s deputy prime minister has told the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.