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Ruty Friza, left, and Pini Friza, center, meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on Saturday near Kafar Aza, Israel.

After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation "Protective Edge," around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease-fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent cease-fire.

By Saturday afternoon, Israel’s government approved extending its cease-fire through Sunday, even as militants fired more rockets into the country from Gaza.

An Israeli soldier reunites with his mother during a 12-hour cease-fire, near Sderot in the Southern District of Israel on July 26.SIEGFRIED MODOLA / Reuters