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Israel declares seven-hour partial truce

Monday, August 04, 2014 - 01:41

A unilateral Israeli seven-hour truce in most of the Gaza Strip is in force, as Israel says it has begun withdrawing troops. Sarah Toms reports.

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A motorbike is removed from a tunnel along the Israeli-Gaza border. It's footage released by the Israeli army. Israel says tunnels like this one are used by Palestinian militants to infiltrate the country and carry out attacks. The army said it was discovered when Islamists were seen emerging from it. The militants and five soldiers were killed in the fighting. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI COMMANDER SAYING: "We discovered motorcycles and many weapons, on a wider scale than found so far in a tunnel in the Gaza Strip. Those motorcycles, we think, were supposed to be used to exit a tunnel access located 300 metres away from here to the east in order to execute a terrorist attack inside Israel. This is the first time that we encounter motorcycles in such incident." Destroying these tunnels is Israel's main mission in Gaza. The army says the operation's nearly complete and is winding down the offensive. More than 1700 Palestinians and dozens of Israeli soldiers have been killed in Israel's three week campaign, launched in response to Palestinian rocket attacks. Now a seven hour truce is in effect in parts of Gaza to allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestians to return home and let aid in. Despite the brief lull Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking the ceasefire by bombing a house. Israeli tanks and troops may be redeployed along the Gaza border but they're prepared to resume strikes in response to any attacks by the Palestinians.

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Israel declares seven-hour partial truce

Monday, August 04, 2014 - 01:41