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72-hour ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza

The fresh 72-hour ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza one minute after midnight on 11 August 2014.

Aug 12, 2014 16:48 IST
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The fresh 72-hour ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza one minute after midnight on 11 August 2014. The ceasefire will pave the way for talks in Egypt aimed at a durable end to a month-long conflict.

The ceasefire was agreed after Israel and Hamas gave simultaneous consensus for the Egypt brokered truce in Cairo, Egypt.

As part of the ceasefire agreement, Israel will send negotiators to the Egyptian capital Cairo on 11 August 2014, if the agreement to end the fighting holds. Until then Egypt called on both sides to use the lull to reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.

Earlier, on 6 August 2014 a 72-hour ceasefire was brokered by Egypt that ended on 8 August 2014, with the conflict resuming between Israel and Hamas, who run the Gaza Strip.

So far, the month-long conflict has seen the death toll in Gaza climb to 1939. According to the UN, about 73 percent of the people killed were civilians. A total of 64 Israeli soldiers were also killed and three civilians on the Israeli side.

Meanwhile, Israel has come under immense pressure from domestic as well as international to end the month-long conflict. On the other hand, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said that a lasting truce must lead to the lifting of Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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