Operation Pillar of Fire
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|Dan Levin||November 21st 2012|
Israel and Hamas have just agreed through Egyptian and American intermediaries to a ceasefire brokered on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and terror rocket attacks out of the enclave, Israeli. First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who has knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo, where US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also pursuing peace efforts. Clinton then announced the ceasefire in a press conference in Cairo. Israeli sources said the Jewish State had agreed to a truce, but would not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory, which is run by the Islamist Hamas movement. But no other detailsa could be learned.
More than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed in the fighting that began last Wednesday. The ceasefire was sealed despite a bus bomb explosion that wounded 15 Israelis in Tel Aviv earlier in the day and despite more Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Clinton held a second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before travelling to Egypt for discussions with Mursi, whose country has led mediation