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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cease Fire

21 November 2012
Egypt's Foreign. Minister told joint press conference with Secretary Clinton in Cairo that a Gaza ceasefire would take effect at 21.00 Cairo time tonight (19.00gmt; 1700 EST). That is just one hour ago at the time of this report.
Our senior member in Gaza, reported moments ago to say. "There is a celebration everywhere in Gaza after this truce. Hopefully it will hold."

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Background follows:

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will take effect at 9 p.m. (7 p.m. GMT: 2 p.m. ET) today, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Israeli-Hamas cease-fire should "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel," Clinton said.

The upsurge in violence began eight days ago. Hamas has been firing hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel, and Israel has launched repeated airstrikes into Gaza.

At least 142 people have died in Gaza since the Israeli airstrikes began, according to the Ministry of the Interior in Gaza. Another 1,180 have been injured, the ministry said. In Israel, five people have died and 94 have been wounded, according to authorities.

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