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Israel ends deadly Gaza assault after Egypt brokers ceasefire
Published Wednesday 21/11/2012 (updated) 23/11/2012 12:19
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Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton and Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi meet at the
presidential palace in Cairo Nov. 21 (Reuters/Presidency, HO)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military stopped firing on the Gaza Strip after 9 p.m. Wednesday in line with an agreement with Hamas and announced by Egypt hours earlier.

Both sides said they were sticking to the terms of the deal although 12 rockets were fired at Israel after 9 p.m. and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians after the deal was announced.

Eight days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed at least 170 Palestinians since the army assassinated a senior Hamas military official last Wednesday. Palestinian armed groups responded with rockets that killed five Israelis and reached further than ever before outside of Gaza.

Egypt’s foreign minister announced the ceasefire during a news conference in Cairo with the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who praised Egypt's role.

Mohamed Kamel Amr said the ceasefire would come into effect at 9 p.m.

"These efforts ... have resulted in understandings to cease fire and restore calm and halt the bloodshed that the last period has seen," Amr said.

Clinton lauded Egypt and said it was “playing a leading role” in the region, and the thanked Egypt’s president, Muhammad Mursi, for his efforts to broker an agreement.

After the ceasefire appeared to take hold, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate what they called a victory over Israel, which will ease its siege of Gaza in line with the deal.


Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the deal to end fighting stipulates that all of the territory's crossings must be opened, disputing what he described as Israeli assertions to the contrary.

"The (ceasefire) document stipulates the opening of the crossings, all the crossings, and not just Rafah," Meshaal told a news conference in Cairo.

Israel controls all of Gaza's crossings apart from the Rafah border with Egypt.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that if the Egyptian-brokered truce did not work Israel would consider "more severe military action" against Gaza.

"I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so," Netanyahu told a news conference.

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1 ) hamas proved it is the / real leader of Palestinian
22/11/2012 00:56
people Abu Mazen must retire and let Hanuah rule

2 ) KAGH / US
22/11/2012 00:58
so who is Israel planning on assassinating this time?

3 ) DWV / USA
22/11/2012 01:09
Netanyahu sounds like he's chomping at the bit to resume the violence....

4 ) Julie / USA
22/11/2012 03:18
item 1C of the actual agreement is what's being referred to in this article...and it states: "Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.".......'shall be dealt with' does not mean izrahell will deal with it to Pals' satisfaction, i fear Pals were duped AGAIN!

5 ) Mel / USA
22/11/2012 16:59
We're ever happy to see humans FREE,especially Palestinians,if only 4 'one bright shining moment',in 67yrs.But Israel's OCCUPATION still hangs over all Palestine,likes drones over Gaza,still.Israel's NO safer still,& no doubt Zionism's planning its NEXT attack/collective punishment(post elections). Morsi's been given a Western imperialist"baptism"as a 'good Arab'broker(for the occupation),while Al-Jabari-who BROUGHTa deal EARLIER-was assassinated for it-& now MORE Gazan's are dead in the rubble!

6 ) Micky / USA
23/11/2012 02:48
Yey your free now you can stop your wars!!!!!!
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