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Hamas Rejects Ceasefire Offer, Then OKs It

24-hour truce goes into effect ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2014 6:00 AM CDT
Hamas Rejects Ceasefire Offer, Then OKs It
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

(Newser) – Hamas has approved a 24-hour truce that goes into effect right now, rather abruptly reversing its earlier rejection of Israel's 24-hour ceasefire offer and halting the rockets it had begun launching again, even as Israel had re-launched military operations. The move comes ahead of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which begins tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the moon, and caps Ramadan. (Read more Hamas stories.)

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