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Palestinians say truce with Israel to be extended

Updated Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

CAIRO — The head of the Palestinian delegation negotiating a truce with Israel says Hamas has agreed to extend a cease-fire for another five days.

Azzam al-Ahmad said late Wednesday the cease-fire was meant to ensure a "positive atmosphere," while noting there had been "lots of progress" in the talks.

A Hamas official earlier said the truce had been extended for 72 hours.

Israeli officials declined to comment.

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