Israel-Hamas truce sets stage for talks on Gaza
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.