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Will Gaza truce lead to Hamas-Israel-US meet in Cairo?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Does the 72-hour ceasefire in the three week long conflict in Gaza brokered by the UN and US advance peace? Just as I write this comes news that the Palestinians have captured an Israeli soldier. Has the ceasefire collapsed? I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Over 1,700 killed in Iraq violence in July: UN

Baghdad : At least 1,737 Iraqis were killed, and 1,978 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence in July, according to a statement issued Friday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The statement said that 1,186 civilians, including 106 civilian policemen, and 551 Iraqi security forces personnel were killed, while 1,511 civilians, including 177 civilian policemen, were wounded.

An additional 467 security members were wounded in terrorist and violent acts in July, Xinhua reported citing the UN data.

33 drown near Karachi beaches

Islamabad : Rescue teams have retrieved bodies of 33 people who drowned over the last three days at different recreational points while bathing in the rough seas off Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, media reported Friday.

Citing Express TV, Xinhua reported that several people are still missing and a search operation is being conducted by teams of Pakistan Navy, Sindh Police and non-governmental organisations.

Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza

London : Israel and Hamas Friday began an unconditional three-day humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, media reported.

The truce started at 8.00 a.m., just hours after 14 more Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, BBC reported.

Both Israeli and Hamas leader confirmed that they had agreed to the ceasefire proposal brokered by the US and UN.

"During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the joint statement.

Yemen hands over Al Qaeda suspects to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Yemen has handed over eight suspected Al Qaeda militants to Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.

The move comes as part of joint security operations between the two countries, and the suspects will be tried in accordance with Saudi laws, Xinhua quoted Saudi interior ministry spokesman Mansour Al-Turki as saying.

He added that two of the suspects ran back to Yemen after they were released from prison in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are on the hunt for dozens of its citizens joining the terrorist network based in Yemen.

India to provide $1 million for aid to Gaza victims

New Delhi : As the Gaza conflict shows no immediate signs of let-up and the number of deaths, including of scores of children, mount to over 1,400, a concerned India is planning to send $1 million to a UN fund to provide aid to the suffering Palestinians fleeing the battle zone.

The $1 million would go towards providing medicines, food, constructing shelters for the Palestinians in Gaza whose land is being bombarded relentlessly in Israeli air and ground attacks, said an official source declining to be named.

'India will give befitting response to Pakistani aggression'

New Delhi : India's response to any aggression from Pakistan will be "more than adequate", newly appointed army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag said here Friday.

"My focus will be my soldiers... to enhance the preparedness and the effectiveness of the Indian Army. I will ensure that our soldiers are motivated, they are comfortable, competently trained and are provided with latest weapons and equipment," Suhag, who Thursday took over as the new chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, told reporters.

14 Palestinians killed in Gaza

Gaza : At least 14 Palestinians were killed and 29 injured Friday in Israeli airstrikes, hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

According to medical sources, eight Palestinians were killed early Friday as Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the southern Gaza city of Khanyounis, Xinhua reported.

In the airstrike, 10 people were injured.

Six Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed and 19 injured during airstrikes in eastern districts of Khanyounis, medics said.

27 killed in violence across Iraq

Baghdad : At least 27 people were killed and as many injured in the violence witnessed in different parts of Iraq Thursday in the form of clashes and bomb attacks, police said.

Four policemen were killed and 11 wounded in Salahudin province when several roadside bombs detonated near their patrol on main road in Ishaqi area, some 110 km from Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police soure as saying.

Hamas accepts UN-proposed ceasefire in Gaza

Gaza : Islamic Hamas movement and other Palestinian factions accepted early Friday a UN-proposed ceasefire for 72 hours with Israel, a senior Hamas official said.

Izzat al-Resheq, member in Qatar based-Hamas politburo and closed to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, confirmed the three-day humanitarian truce deal on his personal Facebook page, Xinhua reported.

"Responding to the United Nations calls and putting in considerations our people's circumstances, the Palestinian factions accepted a mutual humanitarian ceasefire for 72 hours," al-Resheq wrote.