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Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas claim 'victory'

Published on Aug 27, 2014 7:10 PM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The skies over Gaza remained calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire took hold, ending the deadliest violence in a decade with Israel and Hamas both claiming 'victory' in the 50-day war.

Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said.

"Since the truce came into force, there has been no IDF activity in Gaza, and no rocket fire on Israel," a military spokeswoman said 12 hours after the guns on both sides fell silent.

The agreement, which went into force at 1600 GMT (midnight Wednesday Singapore time) on Tuesday, was hailed by Washington as well as by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who said he hoped it would set the stage for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

A Palestinian family ride on top of a horse cart as they head home with their belongings in the Shejaiya neighbourhood on Aug 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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