A 24-hour ceasefire announced by Hamas in Gaza appears to be stalling, with both Palestinian militants and Israel continuing their offensives. Hamas fired more rockets into Israel, accusing it of failing to abide by the ceasefire. Israel rejected the truce, PM Benjamin Netanyahu saying: "Israel will do what it must do to defend its people". More than 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed. Read more >>
A ceasefire is an agreement to stop fighting for a period of time, especially in order to discuss permanent peace. • The rebels agreed to a ceasefire while the peace talks were underway.