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Gaza: Israel And Hamas Agree To A Ceasefire
A ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has been agreed, it has been announced.
Egyptian foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said the truce would begin at 7pm (GMT) at a news conference in Cairo.
Just moments earlier, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon had arrived in the Egyptian capital for talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and said there were "many details to work out" before an agreement could be reached. to end the conflict.
"I am particularly concerned about the spiral of violence at the time of intense efforts to reach a ceasefire," he said.
"We all know there are many details to work out, but what that happens civilians continue to die. That is why we need a ceasefire right now, immediately," he added.
On Tuesday night, Hamas official Ayman Taha said an Egyptian-brokered truce had been finalised and would take effect from 10pm.
But a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately responded by saying the announcement was premature.
The truce comes amid a diplomatic push to end the violence, spearheaded by Mr Ban and Mrs Clinton who both arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for separate talks with Mr Morsi.
A bomb blast on a bus in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv that injured at least 21 people earlier had threatened to cloud the prospects of a durable ceasefire.
Mrs Clinton vowed to work on a truce between the two sides.
She said: "In the days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region toward an outcome that bolsters security for the people of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region."
She arrived from Israel where she earlier met with Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem, while also travelling to the West Bank city of Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who told her "Egypt was the key to everything".
Mr Netanyahu told Mrs Clinton that he was ready to agree to a "long-term solution" as long as the rocket attacks from Gaza stopped.
A senior Hamas official told reporters that a key sticking point in the negotiations was the timing of when Israel would begin easing its six-year blockade of Gaza.
Pope Benedict XVI also spoke of his concern of the escalating violence this morning.
"Hatred and violence are not the solution," he said, adding that he encouraged "the initiatives and efforts of those who are trying to reach a ceasefire and promote negotiations".
Meanwhile, Iran announced it was providing military and financial assistance to the Palestinians.
"We are proud to defend the people of Palestine and Hamas ... and that our assistance to them has been both financial and military," said Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani.
Israel continued its bombardment of Gaza striking more than 100 targets, killing six Palestinians. These included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, according to reports.
Some 30 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. The Iron Dome system intercepted 14 of them..
Israel launched the offensive one week ago in an attempt to end months of rocket attacks out of the Hamas-run territory, which lies on Israel's southern flank.
After assassinating Hamas' military chief, it has carried out a campaign of airstrikes, targeting rocket launchers, storage sites and wanted militants.
The campaign has killed more than 140 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.
Five Israelis have been killed by rocket fire, including a soldier and a civilian contractor.
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what do you think?
Wheres the Tea Party!
I want to know how these videos of buildings being hit by air strikes are made. It seems as though people know where to point their cameras at exactly the right time.
Six people executed in the street by Hamas and the body's dragged with a rope tied to the back of motorbikes along the road Yet some on here support these terrorist barbarians
The IDF aren't too great themselves either to be honest Chris. Why on Earth do they feel the need to bomb a kindergarten in Gaza?
Because the barbarians use the kindergarten as a firing base.
One of the kindergartens that was missile attacked by the Israelis was run by Oxfam. Israel has also targeted journalists. Paul - your moral outrage is as ridiculous as your spelling. I have already pointed out to you that 'body's' is incorrect. Do you know the difference between 'body's' and 'bodies'?
That could be because I am dyslexic and I did not realise it was a grammar and spelling forum. Thought it was about comments on news items so I can only apologise
Well orange why has my post been removed, one word that wasn't offensive, no swearing, or racist when for days certain posters have posted racist, hate comments and personal insults and you didn't remove those, could you plz sort out your terms and conditions
Or they could get rid of them all together, it seems as though you can say what you want some days. Then others the word police are out in force
The reason i asked my question earlier that seems to have been thumbed down by everyone and his dog. Is because i saw a video on the news this morning taken using a mobile phone camer. The owner peers out from behind a widow/door frame an points the camera at a building over the road a couple of seconds before its blown to pieces. How did the person know that building was going to be hit? And more to the point why did they stay and film it instead of getting to a safe distance?
Orange give your head a serious wobble, people posting links to certain video websites and their posts are not deemed to have broken terms, I mention the name of a video site and bang its banned.
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Yes Diane I have disturbing watching, but wen I used p*******d it was removed and so was utube. But its ok Rio uses it and hey presto not removed lol
Sharon see my message mentioning it has gone funny that.do you think someone complianed
i think if we oust spurs from the premier league, their may well be peace at the end of the tunnel
Ali could you elaborate on your post, as this isn't a football comment, more like one directed at an owner who happens to be jewish.. and your earlier comment regarding lords directed at an ' apprentice' person.
Ali, that is a racist comment
Some posters on this and other related pages have condemned Israel for the Gaza blockades. The problem they have is to ensure no guns rockets and other weapons get smuggled in with the food and humanitarian supplies. It just causes delays and havoc as everything has to be searched and yet weapons somehow find their way through.
Tunnels or sewer systems perhaps. Smugglers are very clever and come up with amazing ways to get things past security or customs. You only have to watch passport patrol and see some of the methods drug smugglers try and get contactNT into New zealand. If it wasnt for the customs officers being so good at their jobs the stuff would get through
Iran is key to this mess as thay control hamas and other shia groups and syria controls all suni groips