Bad news from Israel, via Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid:
Cairo talks failed; Gaza ceasefire collapses. Great danger of serious escalation on the ground— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 13, 2014
Reuters, meanwhile, reports that air warning sirens went off in Israel minutes ago; the three-day cease-fire was scheduled to end at midnight local time, which is 5 p.m. ET. The Israel Defense Forces' Twitter account says a rocket was fired into the country from Gaza. Per CNN's Jake Tapper, Hamas has denied it launched the rocket.
Update, Aug. 13, 4:50 p.m.: Multiple sources report another cease-fire has been negotiated.
Palestinian negotiator says truce extended for five days, starting tonight and ending on Monday. http://t.co/GvXqA8Ljdw— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 13, 2014
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