Israeli minister: Gaza truce unlikely "in coming days"

AFP , Thursday 24 Jul 2014

A Gaza truce involving a withdrawal of Israeli ground forces from the Palestinian territory would be unlikely before next week, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday.

"I do not see a ceasefire in the coming days where the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) leave," Science Minister Yaakov Peri, a former security chief, told the Walla news site, adding that troops needed more time to complete their mission of destroying cross-border tunnels used by Gaza fighters.

"I can say authoritatively that two or three days will not be enough to finish tackling the tunnels." 

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