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Israeli ground forces to quit Gaza ahead of truce

Published on Aug 5, 2014 12:45 PM
 
An Israeli soldier from the Givati brigade carries his gear after returning to Israel from Gaza on Aug 4, 2014. Israeli ground forces will completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip ahead of an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire, a military spokesman said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli ground forces will completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip ahead of an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire set to begin at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore), a military spokesman said.

"The Israel Defence Forces will be redeployed in defensive positions outside the Gaza Strip and we will maintain those defensive positions," Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters.

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