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Israel to begin 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities on Saturday

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Israel to begin 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities on Saturday

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities starting at 7 am Israeli time (0400 GMT) on Saturday, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, made the comment when asked about Kerry’s earlier statement on a goodwill gesture by Netanyahu at a press conference in Cairo.

The death toll in the conflict has risen further. Over 830 Palestinians have been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8. Israel has lost 36 people.

Meanwhile, refugees from border districts of the Gaza Strip have been flocking to hospital and school premises where they have set up makeshift tents.

“Take a look at my tent, it really can’t get worse than this,” said one man forced leave his home with his family. “No shower, no toilet, not even the most essential things.The water is so salty it is not even good for animals,” he added.

The survivors of an attack at a UN school in Gaza on Thursday, which killed at least 15 people, have moved to another UN Compound in Jabalia Refugee Camp.

Overcrowding has been reported with large numbers of families seeking shelter.

Both Israel and Hamas have blamed each other for the attack.