Israel, Hamas at odds over truce extension

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israel and Hamas appeared at odds on Thursday over prolonging a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, with the Jewish state indicating it will back an unconditional extension but Hamas denying any agreement. Guns have stayed silent in the tiny Palestinian enclave since 8 a.m. on Tuesday (5 a.m. Manila time Wednesday), bringing relief to millions of people on both sides after the deaths of 1,886 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side. Egyptian mediators have accelerated efforts to extend the truce after it expires, shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo.

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