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Kerry says no Gaza ceasefire reached yet

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a press conference with Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon, on July 25, 2014 in CairoUS Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday no ceasefire deal had been reached yet in the conflict in Gaza as he and UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged a seven-day halt in fighting. Expectations had mounted all day for an end to the 18-day conflict, but Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said neither Israel nor Hamas had shown “enough willingness to negotiate” to end the fighting that has already left more than 850 people dead mostly Palestinian civilians. Minutes after the press conference a US official travelling with Kerry told reporters that Israel had announced a unilateral 12-hour ceasefire starting on Saturday morning. “Israel has agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire from 07:00 am Saturday,” the US official said, but it was unclear whether the ceasefire was due to start at 7:00 am Israeli time or GMT.

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