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Wednesday
Aug272014

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Plan to End War Against Hamas

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- After 50 days of fighting in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas have agreed to a new open-ended cease-fire that began at noon eastern time on Tuesday.

Shortly after the truce began at 7 p.m. local time, a number of rockets were fired onto Southern Israel, but now the attacks have stopped and Israeli is holding its fire.

The strongest indication that this conflict may have finally ended is the reaction on the streets of Gaza -- thousands of Palestinians have poured into the streets, singing, and waving flags, celebrating what Hamas is calling its "victory."  

At the State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki says the United States "strongly supports" the move.

"We call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms," Psaki said. "We hope very much that this ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable. That it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks and that it help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict."


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