Israel says it thwarts militant attack hours before start of 'humanitarian' cease-fire

July 17, 2014 7:55 AM

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Israel says it thwarts militant attack hours before start of 'humanitarian' cease-fire

July 17, 2014: Palestinians gather to withdraw money from ATM machines in Gaza City. The Bank of Palestine opened one of its branches in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood as the cease-fire began, drawing hundreds of people trying to withdraw money. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Israel said it had thwarted an attempted attack by Islamic militants Thursday, shortly before Israel and Hamas began observing a five-hour pause in hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip.

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