A long term truce is agreed between Israel and the Palestinian Militants. It has ended seven weeks of fighting and came through as both sides continued to trade fire. The truce, brokered by Egypt begins at 19:00 local time or 16:00 (GMT). Moussa Abu Marzouk the Hamas deputy political leader said the deal represents a victory for the resistance. Indirect talks in which Israel calls for militant groups in Gaza to disarm will begin in Cairo within a months time. Palestinian officials say Egypt’s ceasefire proposal called for an indefinite end to all hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings with Israel and Egypt, and an extension of the territory’s Mediterranean fishing zone.
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