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Israel, Gaza quiet as new 72-hour truce holds

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:21

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in Cairo for talks on ending the month-old Gaza war with Hamas militants, and while the talks continue, a new 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt appears to be holding. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Palestinians mourn the loss of another life. The man was killed in an Israeli attack, just before the latest 72-hour truce came into effect. The peace has held so far, but Israeli troops are still positioned near the Gaza border. Israeli spokesman, Mark Regev, says they are ready to respond if provoked by Hamas: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER'S SPOKESPERSON MARK REGEV, SAYING: "We have accepted and honored nine separate ceasefires, ceasefires that Hamas either rejected or violated. And if Hamas violates the current ceasefire too, we will of course be ready to act to protect our people from Hamas terror attacks." For Gaza residents, it's hard to see an end to the violence, when all they see is destruction. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOMAN SEEKING SHELTER IN UN-RUN SCHOOL, SAMIHA ZKEIK, SAYING: "My house was completely destroyed. Where can someone like me go?" The war has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 67 Israelis, most of them soldiers. And while Gaza residents return - once again - to their damaged homes, hopes are still high that talks in Cairo will soon bring about a lasting peace.

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Israel, Gaza quiet as new 72-hour truce holds

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:21