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Gaza ceasefire holds, officials travel to Cairo for talks Updated: 2014-08-06 22:46:38 KST

  Gaza ceasefire holds, officials travel to Cairo for talks
The gunfire has gone silent in the Gaza Strip as a 72-hour ceasefire continues.
But the clock is ticking.
With the truce set to expire Friday morning, Israeli and Palestinian officials have been sent to Cairo for talks, with Egypt acting as mediator.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to the BBC urged both sides to negotiate a "two-state solution."
Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip the three-day ceasefire is a brief window of opportunity for residents to take in the devastation stock up on supplies, and recover their dead.

"We found destruction everywhere-- a mosque, Koran books--decomposed children were found under the rubble after five days and public buildings that used to serve people are destroyed."

UNICEF, the children's body of the United Nations, says more than 400 Palestinian children have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. with more than 140 schools damaged or destroyed in less than a month.
Along with the truce, Israel said it has withdrawn all of its ground forces but according to a military spokesperson, the troops are still on the border, ready in defensive positions.

"We are taking a defensive stand. We are there in order to prevent further infiltration and further attacks from Gaza, originating from Gaza."

About a quarter of Gaza's population is now displaced, and more than 19-hundred Palestinians have been killed in the month-long conflict.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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