Is­rael-Ha­mas truce sets stage for talks on Gaza

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Is­rael said it with­drew the last of its ground forces from Gaza on Tues­day as it and Ha­mas be­gan a tem­po­rary cease-fire. The calm sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal for a long-term truce and the re­build­ing of the bat­tered, block­aded coastal ter­ri­tory.

Both sides halted cross-border at­tacks as the three-day truce took ef­fect at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT). The shelling stopped and in Gaza City, where streets had been de­serted dur­ing the war, traf­fic picked up and shops started open­ing.

If the calm holds, it would be the long­est lull in al­most a month of fight­ing that has killed nearly 1,900 Pales­tini­ans and 67 Is­raelis.

In com­ing days, Egyp­tian me­di­a­tors plan to shuttle be­tween Is­raeli and Pales­tinian del­e­ga­tions in Cairo to try to work out new ar­range­ments for Gaza.

As de­tails of the Pales­tinian de­mands emerged, there were some signs that Ha­mas is will­ing to give Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas a role in Gaza as part of re­build­ing ef­forts.

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