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Gaza ceasefire begins after Hamas rocket salvo at Israel

The truce began after a surge in cross-border rocket fire into Israel by Hamas.

The ceasefire is meant to end nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. The ceasefire is meant to end nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

An Egyptian-mediated truce halting the Gaza war went into effect on Tuesday following a surge in cross-border rocket fire into Israel by the Palestinians Islamist group Hamas.

The ceasefire, which is meant to last 72 hours and allow for negotiations in Cairo on a more durable cessation of hostilities, began at 8 am (0500 GMT).

Minutes before, air raid sirens sounded throughout southern Israel and as far north as outlying areas of Jerusalem, triggered by a volley of rockets that Hamas claimed responsibility for. There was no immediate word of casualties.

 

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