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After eight days of violence in Gaza, a truce agreement was reached between Israel and Hamas. Both sides continued to fire up to the 9 p.m. truce deadline, but no major breaches were reported in the hours since. After the truce has held for 24 hours, talks are to begin to address Hamas's demand that Israel lift its blockade of Gaza.
A Hamas official said a truce was imminent in Gaza. However, Israel and Egypt said the announcement was premature and that talks were still in progress. A "calming down" announcement scheduled for 9 p.m. local time did not happen. Israel said it would postpone a ground offensive into Gaza to give diplomatic efforts more time.
Violence in Gaza continued to escalate. The Israeli military attacked 80 sites, including police stations, weapons facilities, and militant buildings. The death toll passed 100. Truce negotiations started in Cairo. Hamas demanded concessions before it halted rocket attacks. A Hamas leader dared Israel to launch a ground invasion and dismissed truce negotiations.
Violence accelerated in Gaza as Israel and Hamas exchanged air and artillery attacks. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to widen its Gaza offensive. Israel continued to mass troops along the Gaza border. Egyptian and Israeli officials met in Cairo to attempt to mediate a ceasefire. Israeli government websites were hit with 44 million hacking attempts.