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Hamas leader defiant as Israel eases Gaza curbs

A Palestinian looks at Israeli soldiers as they stand guard behind the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian looks at Israeli soldiers as they stand guard behind the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian looks at Israeli soldiers as they stand guard behind the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Palestinians gesture as Israeli soldiers (not seen) stand guard near the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gesture as Israeli soldiers (not seen) stand guard near the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gesture as Israeli soldiers (not seen) stand guard near the fence between Israel and southern Gaza Strip November 23, 2012. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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A Palestinian man drives a flatbed truck loaded with planks of wood for repairing destroyed smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, as international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza's supplies. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian man drives a flatbed truck loaded with planks of wood for repairing destroyed smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes,...more

A Palestinian man drives a flatbed truck loaded with planks of wood for repairing destroyed smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, as international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza's supplies. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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An Israeli reservist soldier rests beside a weapon as he waits in a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli reservist soldier rests beside a weapon as he waits in a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the...more

An Israeli reservist soldier rests beside a weapon as he waits in a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israeli reservist soldiers wait on the side of a road as they head home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli reservist soldiers wait on the side of a road as they head home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what...more

Israeli reservist soldiers wait on the side of a road as they head home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) sits next to the mother of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari (pictured in poster, R), who was killed by an Israeli air strike, as he consoles the family in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) sits next to the mother of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari (pictured in poster, R), who was killed by an Israeli air strike, as he consoles the family in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between...more

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) sits next to the mother of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari (pictured in poster, R), who was killed by an Israeli air strike, as he consoles the family in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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A Palestinian youth retrieves a cooking gas canister near smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, as international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza's supplies. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian youth retrieves a cooking gas canister near smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks to...more

A Palestinian youth retrieves a cooking gas canister near smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt, November 22, 2012. Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, as international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza's supplies. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during his visit to the police headquarters in Jerusalem November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during his visit to the police headquarters in Jerusalem November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what...more

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during his visit to the police headquarters in Jerusalem November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool
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An Israeli reservist soldier waits at a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli reservist soldier waits at a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what...more

An Israeli reservist soldier waits at a field before heading home, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israeli soldiers, atop a tank, prepare to leave their Gaza border position at sun rise November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Israeli soldiers, atop a tank, prepare to leave their Gaza border position at sun rise November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Israeli soldiers, atop a tank, prepare to leave their Gaza border position at sun rise November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A Palestinian gunman fires into the air as he celebrates what Palestinians say is a victory over Israel after an eight-day conflict in Gaza City November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A Palestinian gunman fires into the air as he celebrates what Palestinians say is a victory over Israel after an eight-day conflict in Gaza City November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A Palestinian gunman fires into the air as he celebrates what Palestinians say is a victory over Israel after an eight-day conflict in Gaza City November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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Hamas militants speak with the media during a news conference in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, a n d both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. The banner at rear reads: "Gaza won", and shows a picture of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari, who was killed by an Israeli air strike. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

Hamas militants speak with the media during a news conference in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, a n d both...more

Hamas militants speak with the media during a news conference in Gaza City November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, a n d both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. The banner at rear reads: "Gaza won", and shows a picture of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari, who was killed by an Israeli air strike. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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Israeli reservist soldiers carry their gear as they head home, at a field near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli reservist soldiers carry their gear as they head home, at a field near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what...more

Israeli reservist soldiers carry their gear as they head home, at a field near the border with the northern Gaza Strip November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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