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Israeli Troops Leave Gaza with Cease-Fire in Effect

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:50:46 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli forces have left the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces announced, following the start of a planned cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

The truce, agreed to by both sides in the nearly month-long war, is slated to last for three days.

With the cease-fire going into effect Tuesday, the Israeli forces will monitor the situation from areas outside Gaza.

"The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is maintaining defensive positions around the Gaza Strip and will respond to attacks if they arise," IDF officials said.

A large barrage of rockets were fired at Israel before the cease-fire went into effect, IDF officials said.

The IDF trumpeted the destruction of Hamas tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel on Tuesday, a major focus of the conflict.


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