A renewed truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered talks more time to try to end the Gaza war. Sarah Toms reports.
As the sun rose over the Gaza Strip a tentative peace emerged. Israeli tanks were deployed to the border as a ceasefire was extended by five days. Israel and the Palestinians agreed on the truce with half an hour to spare before the midnight deadline expired. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATOR, AZZAM AHMED, SAYING: "In the final moments, or the final minutes, it was agreed to extend the ceasefire for five more days. It will begin at midnight tonight and it will end on Monday. Instead of 72 hours, it is 120 hours. The Palestinian delegation will leave for Ramallah tomorrow morning for consultations with President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and with the Palestinian leadership." But it was a shaky start to the deal with rockets from Gaza fired across the border and Israel responding with airstrikes. It's a break in the fighting, in which nearly two thousand Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have been killed. But despite the temporary truce the two sides appear to still be far apart. Israel is demanding a complete disarming of militants groups in Gaza, while the Palestinians want an end to the tight border restrictions imposed on the area by both Israel and Egypt. Now they will have until Monday to try to come up with some kind of compromise.