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Gaza truce holds as the two sides talk in Cairo
Gaza truce holds as the two sides talk in Cairo

After a shaky start, a new temporary truce in the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding Thursday. The two sides, which have been holding indirect talks in Cairo, agreed late Wednesday to a five-day cease-fire, according to Palestinian negotiators and the Egyptian government, which is mediating the talks. If the truce holds for its full duration, until Monday night, it would be the longest cessation of hostilities since fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants erupted on July 8. Israel withdrew its ground forces from Gaza last week, and the conflict has since tapered off, with occasional flare-ups. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke Wednesday by telephone...

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