Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hit the northern Gaza Strip, July 16, 2014
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Hamas urges 'long-term ceasefire' in Gaza

Hamas is still working towards a "stable, long-term ceasefire", a senior spokesman for the group says.

In a telephone interview, Osama Hamdan told the BBC that he hoped the current talks would help achieve it.

Both Hamas and Israel have agreed to respect a five-hour ceasefire in Gaza, from 10:00 to 15:00 (07:00-12:00 GMT) on Thursday, to allow residents in Gaza to stock up on supplies.

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