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Israel, Palestinians Announce Gaza Cease Fire

  • VOA News

Israel and Palestinian militants have agreed to a cease fire in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says militants will stop firing rockets into Israel from Gaza starting at four hours Universal Time (Sunday on 11:00 pm EST Saturday).

Israeli Prime Ehud Olmert's office says he will "respond favorably" to the cease fire. Mr. Abbas has called on Israel to stop all military operations in Gaza.

Israel began its Gaza offensive in June after Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid.

The cease fire announcement came hours after Palestinians say Israeli aircraft attacked a car in Gaza, killing one member of the Hamas militant group.

Witnesses said Israel launched a second airstrike on an unoccupied vehicle in Gaza, but no casualties were reported. Palestinian security officials said the car belonged to militants.

Israeli troops also killed one militant in a gunbattle east of the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya and soldiers killed a Palestinian man who approached the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel.

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