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Long-term ceasefire agreed between Israel and Hamas

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Long-term ceasefire agreed between Israel and Hamas


Israel and Hamas have agreed on a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, described as “complete and unlimited-in-time.”

The truce was due to begin at 1900 local time (1600 GMT.)

The deal is understood to include an immediate easing of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and a gradual lifting of restrictions on fishing off the coast of the strip.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, hailed the agreement as a chance to “build a new nation and end the occupation”

Israeli air raids had continued on Tuesday, attacking two high-rise buildings in Gaza City, one which was home to 70 families and dozens of shops and offices. Six Palestinians were killed in other Israeli strikes.

Shortly after the announcement, rocket sirens could be heard in southern Israel. One Israeli was killed by a mortar attack in Eshkol and six others were wounded.

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