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Israel, Palestinians agree to 3-day ceasefire Updated: 2014-08-05 09:55:14 KST

Israel, Palestinians agree to 3-day ceasefire
There will be a three-day ceasefire on the Gaza Strip starting Tuesday.
After nearly a month of fighting and multiple broken truces
Israel and Palestinian groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire, proposed by Egypt.

"Hamas informed the Egyptians that it agrees to the 72-hour truce. The Israeli occupation forces should withdraw outside the border."

With previous truces falling through, often within a matter of hours, there's understandable concern about whether this one will last.

"Israel will honor the ceasefire as agreed to and negotiated through the Egyptians. We'll be watching Hamas very closely./ If Hamas violates the ceasefire, Israel is prepared to respond."

To negotiate a longer-term deal, Israel and Palestinian groups also agreed to attend talks in Cairo with Egyptian mediators.
The ceasefire deal comes after Israel's declaration of a seven-hour pause in the fighting on Monday.
However, Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own truce--
Gaza's Health Ministry says Israel fired missiles at a house in a refugee camp in northern Gaza-- killing at least three people, including an 8-year-old girl.
Israel says several rockets were fired from Gaza during that truce.

"This operation is really taxing my soul. It's making me lose my humanity. I consider myself a liberal, but it's hard to stay very liberal when people are raining rockets on you every day"

More than 18-hundred people, overwhelmingly Palestinian civilians, have been killed and nearly 2-million people displaced since the fighting started four weeks ago.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.


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