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    Israel pounds Gaza minutes before 12-hour ceasefire


    by PressTV

    Hamas and Israel have agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire, which will allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

    The truce, which was mediated by the United Nations, will begin at 5 GMT on Saturday. The UN has also called for the creation of a humanitarian corridor in Gaza. Hamas has said that before it can agree to any lasting ceasefire, Israel must lift its seven-year blockade of Gaza and release Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli siege had caused poverty and hardship for the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip since 2007.