UPDATE 8-1-2014: The ceasefire lasted just a few hours as Hamas used the lull to launch an attack in which Israeli soldiers were killed and one is believed kidnapped. More to follow in separate post.

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John Kerry and Ban Ki Moon just announced that all sides have agreed to a 72-hour “humanitarian truce” starting 8 a.m. tomorrow (Israel time, about 7 hours from the time this post goes live).

CNN reports that Hamas and other terrorist groups have accepted.

The negotiations apparently were held in Egypt, which had proposed a ceasefire two weeks ago that Israel accepted and Hamas rejected.

It appears that all forces stay in place. It’s unclear whether and to what extend Israel can continue to search out new tunnels or blow up ones already located.

Here is the statement:

Joint Statement of Gaza Ceasefire US State Department

Details to follow below.

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