Gaza Israel And Hamas Ceasefire Holding

Gaza: Israel And Hamas Ceasefire Holding The streets of Gaza remain quiet as a truce brokered by Egypt after eight days of attacks appears to be holding. ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to have held overnight. A truce brokered between the two sides came into effect on Wednesday evening, bringing eight days of fighting to an end. Both sides quickly claimed victory, with Hamas insisting it had defeated Israel. The Israelis, meanwhile, said they have severely impaired the military capability of Hamas, which governs Gaza. The ceasefire deal calls on Israel to "stop all hostilities… in the land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals" and urges the Palestinian factions to end "rocket attacks and all attacks along the border". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he was prepared to give peace a chance. "Netanyahu spoke with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give a chance to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and thereby give an opportunity for the stabilisation of the situation and a calming of it," said a statement. Meanwhile, police are still investigating a bus bombing in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv that left at least 21 people wounded. The explosion took place near the military headquarters hours before a ceasefire was announced and threatened to derail negotiations. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said it was a "critical moment" for the region. Gaza City’s streets were dark and deserted <b>…</b>

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