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3-day Truce Between Israel, Hamas Takes Effect

Created: 08/05/2014 12:07 AM KAALtv.com

JERUSALEM (AP) - A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days has taken effect in the Gaza Strip.
    
The truce was agreed to by both sides in the month-long war. It started at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.
    
During the 72-hour truce, Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in Cairo on a broader deal that would prevent future cross-border violence.
    
Previous international attempts to broker a temporary halt in the fighting failed.
    
The Israeli military says all its ground troops will have pulled out of Gaza by the start of the new cease-fire.
    
The war has claimed nearly 1,900 Palestinian lives - most of them civilians. The war has also left 67 Israelis dead, all but three of them soldiers.

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