Israel says it’s not aware of new Gaza cease-fire deal

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JERUSALEM — A fresh cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas has been reached in Egypt, according to a single unconfirmed report, although an Israeli government spokesman said he was not aware of a new agreement.

The BBC report, citing an unnamed Israeli official, said the new deal — said to be a “comprehensive” one — is due to take effect Friday morning and has been brokered by Egypt.

However, Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said Thursday he was aware of the report but that his office didn’t “know anything” about a new deal.

It was also not immediately clear to what extent Hamas has fully signed off on the deal. A prior Egypt-sponsored deal agreed by Israel was eventually rejected by Hamas. Hamas has not commented on the latest report.

The potentially substantial development — if confirmed — comes as Israel’s military said Thursday that at least three mortars struck southern Israel about halfway into a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and as Hamas was said to be preparing to make public its terms for a cease-fire with Israel.

Israel had announced Wednesday it would hold its fire as part of plan brokered by the United Nations to allow Palestinians in Gaza to restock supplies on Thursday




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