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Israel Cabinet to discuss ceasefire

Hamas is asking the United Nations (UN) to put pressure on Israel to accept the truce.

A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during a humanitarian truce on 26 July, 2014.

JERUSALEM - The Israeli Cabinet is due to meet to discuss a declaration of a 24 hour ceasefire by Hamas.

Hamas is asking the United Nations (UN) to put pressure on Israel to accept the truce.

It follows a ceasefire that Israel itself announced at midnight last night. This was also supposed to have lasted 24 hours but it was violated when Hamas sent rockets across the border this morning.

"Palestinian medics carry the body of Jalila Ayad, a Christian woman found under the rubble of her home, after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on 27 July, 2014.

Both sides have put forward their latest demands. Hamas is insisting that Israel remove its seizure on Gaza, open all crossings, release prisoners and allow Hamas representatives to be paid their salaries.

Israel is demanding that all tunnels inside Gaza be eliminated, that the strip be cleansed of rockets and that Israel control all money transfers made to Hamas.

On Saturday a ceasefire adhered to by both sides, enabled aid workers to bring in much needed humanitarian supplies.