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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza agreed Sunday to a weeklong cease-fire with Israel, after three weeks of violence that Palestinian medics say has killed more than 1,000 people and turned Gaza's streets into battlegrounds. Sunday's announcement came about 12 hours after Israel declared its own unilateral ceasefire. Hamas' Syrian-based deputy leader, speaking for the militant Palestinian factions, said on Syrian television that the cease-fire will give Israel time to withdraw and open all the border crossings to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. An Israeli security chief told Cabinet ministers the military operation "is not over" and that the next few days would be critical to determining whether it would resume. The mili...(read more)
... GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza agreed Sunday to a weeklong cease-fire with Israel, after three weeks of violence that Palestinian medics say has killed more than 1,000 people and turned Gaza's streets into battlegrounds. Sunday' ...
... said the Bush administration welcomed Israel's decision and a summit set for later Sunday in Egypt is meant to give international backing to the truce. Leaders of Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Italy, Turkey and the Czech Republic _ which holds the ...
... and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon. Ban welcomed the cease-fire. "Urgent humanitarian access for the people of Gaza is the immediate priority," he said, declaring that "the United Nations is ready to act." Israel said it was not sending a representative to t ...
... said Israel would withhold fire after achieving its goals and more. "Hamas was hit hard, in its military arms and in its government institutions. Its leaders are in hiding and many of its men have been killed," Olmert said. If Hamas holds its fire ...