Israeli commanders rejected, then accepted, the Hamas request relayed via the Red Cross Sunday for a three-hour truce Sunday afternoon for the removal of its dead and wounded from the embattled Shejjaya district of Gaza City. Palestinians report 60 dead and 200 injured in Sunday’s battles in that district, a storage and manufacturing center of Hamas rockets.
It was extended by two hours despite attacks by armed Hamas bands on Israeli troops in breach of the ceasefire, the third accepted by Israel in the 12 days of its Gaza operation.