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Egyptian-brokered 72-hour ceasefire takes effect in Gaza

English.news.cn   2014-08-05 16:55:07            
 • An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for 72 hours came into effect in Gaza Strip at 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday.
 • According to the agreement, both sides mutually cease fire for 72 hours and hold indirect talks in Cairo.
 • Shortly before the ceasefire came into effect, several rockets were fired from Gaza into central Israel.

 

GAZA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for 72 hours, which was approved by both Israel and Hamas-led militant groups, came into effect in the Gaza Strip at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.

According to the agreement, both sides mutually cease fire for 72 hours, refrain from fighting and hold indirect talks in Cairo to discuss the details of a permanent truce.

The deal was reached after a day-long negotiation held Monday in Cairo between an Egyptian delegation and a high-ranking Palestinian delegation.

The Palestinian delegation included leaders of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, headed by Azzam el-Ahmed, a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party.

Shortly before the ceasefire came into effect, several rockets were fired from Gaza into central Israel. No injuries were reported.

Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said in a text message that its militants fired several rockets into Israel "in response to the occupants' crimes and massacres against families in the Gaza Strip."

Israeli war jets carried out several airstrikes on Gaza city and the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis in return.

Right after the ceasefire came into effect, people began to go out of their homes, and the main streets and markets were crowded.

Meanwhile, Israeli Radio reported that the Israeli ground forces would pull out to the borderline area between Israel and the coastal enclave.

During the four-week Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, 1,867 Palestinians were killed and 9,563 wounded, according to a health ministry e-mailed statement. More than a thousand houses were destroyed.

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