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Israel, Hamas Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire


"We will respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack IDF personnel or fire at Israeli civilians."

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows a rocket being launched from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 8, 2014. Israeli warplanes killed at least 15 Palestinians in Gaza today, as well as another four militants who tried to infiltrate Israel by sea at the start of a major operation against rocketfire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.

The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warns that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also says that "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue."

A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said earlier Friday that the group had agreed to a 12-hour lull, starting at 8 a.m. local time Saturday.

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