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Gaza conflict: Israel and Palestinians agree new truce

August 10, 2014 6:27 pm

Israel and Palestinian factions have agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict.

Egypt brokered a similar truce last week, but fighting resumed after the three-day window ended.

It is hoped the latest ceasefire, due to begin at 21:00 GMT, will enable negotiators to agree on a longer truce.

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About 2,000 people have died in the conflict, which began on 8 July when Israel launched an operation to deter militant attacks from Gaza.

Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN. Sixty-seven people have died on the Israeli side, including three civilians.

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