Time now for a look through some of the other international headlines we're following this Wednesday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) We're about 20 hours into this latest 3-day ceasefire on the Gaza Strip It seems to be holding?
Right. A rare lull in the sounds of sirens and explosions on the Gaza Strip, and Israel for that matter.
The Israeli Defense Forces (or IDF) pulled out of Gaza, a full four weeks after the launch of Operation Protective Edge on July 8th. Rocket fire into Israel also ceased as the truce went into effect 8am local time.
IDF's chief major general said its mission was accomplished, citing the destruction of the 32 so-called "terror tunnels".
Palestinians returned home to survey the damage as a delegation in Cairo will campaign for an internationally funded reconstruction effort for now, proposed to be overseen by the Mahmoud Abbas government. The cost to rebuild is estimated to be at least $6 billion dollars, according to Palestine's deputy prime minister.
Attention will now shift to negotiations in Cairo where an Israeli delegation has reportedly arrived to hammer out a longer-term peace deal with their Palestinian counterparts.