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Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour cease-fire

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In an ER in Gaza and found staff struggling to care for a steady stream of horrific injuries. (Source: CNN) In an ER in Gaza and found staff struggling to care for a steady stream of horrific injuries. (Source: CNN)

(RNN/CNN) - Israeli and Hamas leaders have come to terms on a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, beginning on 8 a.m. Saturday local time, CNN and other media reports confirmed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was told by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel would comply fully to the agreement, a U.S. official traveling with Kerry told CNN. 

Palestinian Parliament member Mustafa Barghouti said Hamas also agreed to the terms, but all sides want a long-term agreement. 

"Of course, they will," Barghouti told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Friday. "Not only Hamas but all Palestinians. Twelve hours is nothing and that means Israel is rejecting cease-fire and that is of course a problem."

The move comes as hope for a week-long cease-fire fell through. One Friday, Israel's security cabinet rejected a proposed one-week humanitarian cease-fire, which would have permitted officials to safely bring medical supplies into Gaza.

It is unclear what caused the talks to stall, despite Kerry, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and Egyptian officials being present.

"Some are ready to move, and others are reluctant and need assurances of one kind or another," Kerry said.

Kerry is now en route to Paris on Saturday.

"What he's going to be doing over the next 48 hours is talking with the Qataris, with the Turks, with other partners in Europe to see if we can push the parties to accept this humanitarian cease fire," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said. 

Earlier this week, Kerry failed to pull together an one-week humanitarian cease-fire, when the Israeli cabinet rejected the plan. 

The temporary cease-fire halts nearly two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, claiming the lives of more than 800 people, most of which have been civilians. 

While the diplomatic efforts continue, new explosions rocked Gaza City on Friday. 

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