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Israel and Islamic Jihad announce Gaza truce | Israel and Islamic Jihad announce Gaza truce

Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have agreed a ceasefire, raising hopes of an end to the most serious flare-up in hostilities between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip for more than a year.

Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Jihad) agreed to a ceasefire, raising hopes for an end to the worst hostilities between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip in more than a year.

The agreement, brokered by Egyptian officials, took effect at 23.30 local time on Sunday evening, and follows three days of fighting during which Israeli forces have bombarded sites in Gaza, and Islamic Jihad militants have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

With the mediation of Egyptian officials, the agreement came into effect at 23:30 local time last Sunday. During the three days of fighting that preceded this, Israeli forces had bombed sites in Gaza, while Jihad militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

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