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Fresh 72-hour truce begins in Gaza

Published on Aug 11, 2014 5:39 AM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - A fresh 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza on Monday, paving the way for talks in Egypt for a durable end to a month-long conflict that has wreaked devastating bloodshed.

The agreement, which began at 00:01 am (5.01am Singapore time), clinched days of frantic mediation to stem a firestorm of violence that has killed 1,939 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8.

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians to use the new truce to "reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire," after an earlier three-day truce collapsed on Friday.

Both sides said they had committed to the deal.

An Israeli soldier looks at a cat lying next to his weapon near the border with the Gaza Strip on August 10, 2014. Israel has accepted a new Gaza ceasefire proposed by Egyptian mediators and will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday if the truce holds, Israeli officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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