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Cease-fire holding in Gaza between Israel and Hamas


CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo.

The truce took effect just after midnight (2101 GMT), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the cease-fire would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighborhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal.

On Monday morning, high school students in Gaza filed the streets as they headed off to pick up their graduation certificates after the Education Ministry said they'd be ready. People waited to buy fuel for generators as power and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged in the fighting. Long lines formed at ATMs.

In Cairo, negotiators said talks would resume at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT). The four-member Israeli delegation arrived at Cairo International Airport earlier Monday morning.

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds as Israel, Hamas Talks Begin

The monthlong war, pitting the Israeli military against rocket-firing Hamas militants, has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians, Palestinian and U.N. officials say. In Israel, 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers, officials there say.

The fighting ended in a three-day cease-fire last Tuesday. Egypt had hoped to use that truce to mediate a long-term deal. But when it expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking Israeli reprisals. The violence continued throughout the weekend, including a burst of fighting late Sunday ahead of the expected cease-fire.

Last week's talks failed in part because Israel rejected Hamas' demand for a complete end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, enforced by Egypt and Israel. Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent arms smuggling, and officials do not want to make any concessions that would allow Hamas to declare victory.

The blockade has greatly limited the movement of Palestinians in and out of the impoverished territory of 1.8 million people for jobs and schooling. It has also limited the flow of goods into Gaza and blocked virtually all exports. Unemployment there is more than 50 percent.

Bassam Salhi, a Palestinian delegation member, said he was optimistic ahead of Monday's talks.

"We hope to reach a deal within the 72 hours, based on ending the blockade and opening the crossings," Salhi said.

Israeli officials had walked away from negotiations over continued fire from Gaza. "Israel will not negotiate under fire," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier Sunday, warning that his country's military campaign "will take time."

The current Gaza war escalated from the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June. Israel blamed the killings on Hamas and launched a massive arrest campaign, rounding up hundreds of its members in the West Bank. Hamas and other militants unleashed rocket fire from Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it killed a suspected Palestinian militant early Monday morning in the West Bank village of Qabalan, south of Nablus. Palestinian medical officials identified the dead man as Zakariah al-Aqrah, 21.

The military said he was killed after he opened fire on an Israeli force that had come to arrest him in connection with shootings targeting Israeli soldiers two weeks ago.

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Jack August 11 2014 at 4:38 AM

Hamas is just jerking everybody around. For now, a ceasefire works, but in the long run, if there is to be permanent peace, Hamas must be destroyed.

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Jack August 11 2014 at 4:49 AM

So long as beating and conquering and blowing things up matter more to the Palestinian psyche than building, creating, and innovating, nothing is going to change. The irony is that these people are beating their own heads against the wall, have conquered nothing, and have failed in every effort to blow up Israel. It is not for lack of trying, but they are failures even in their many attempts at mindless destruction.

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kiick23 August 11 2014 at 7:08 AM

Hamas is no different than Isis, Alqaida or Boko Haram. All Islamo Nazi cults that need to be destroyed. You don't make peace with Nazis you exterminate them. Hamas needs to be exterminated.

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barbgre1 August 11 2014 at 6:18 AM

AOL continues to make it sound like Israel purposely fires into populated areas.....and continues to talk about how many Palestinians have been killed. This is not journalism....this is media with an agenda. History will judge the media during the Obama years.

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frankiegallo33 August 11 2014 at 5:58 AM

Hey Israel,
Don't trust Obama.
Americans did and look what's happened to us.

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newage44 August 11 2014 at 6:10 AM

Just as a zebra cannot change its stripes, Hamas cannot , and will not, change its own campaign to wipe out Israel with the support of Iran.

The world is not a nice place right now. You can't wish for peace and negotiators from other countries are just playing out their roles with nothing really happening that hasn't before.
Hamas will reload and laugh in the face of the futile peacekeepers. Israel has no option in the face of past history.

By the way, did you notice how the liberal media keeps hammering away at the Palestinian death toll. If the Iron Dome wasn't a defense mechanism, how many Israelis would have died? And what happens when Hamas reloads with more sophisticated missiles to break this defense? Let the Palestinians take care of their own political messa in electing a barbaric, terroristic leadership.

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Jack August 11 2014 at 4:44 AM

The Palestinians are a doomed people in the long run because for them, life is all about fighting others and each other. It's what animates them. Their men don't know how to channel their energies toward peaceful ends like building businesses or other forms of livelihood -- and their women are at least as fanatical as the men are in embracing fanatical death cults like Hamas.

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frankiegallo33 August 11 2014 at 6:27 AM

Kill Hamas and be done with it. Obliterate them like Iran wants to do to Israel.
Killing them will actually save thousands of lives.

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davedoe12 frankiegallo33 August 11 2014 at 11:05 AM

Frankie, Iran has NO chance against the Israeli Army. Israel will destroy Iran. As the USA should have done years ago.

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shelbuchman frankiegallo33 August 11 2014 at 1:16 PM

GEAUX: YOU ANTI SEMITE
YOUR BEATING IT TO DEATH WITH THE
SAME STORY OVER AND OVER AND OVER. YES ISRAEL BY MISTAKEN IDENTITY SHOT AT THE USS LIBERTY
DURING THE WAR WITH EGYPT. THE
SHIP WAS COMING TOWARDS ISRAEL
FROM THE SINAI IN EGYPT WITHOUT
ANY MARKINGS OR FLAG. WHAT DID
YOU WANT ISRAEL TO DO UNDER
THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES? ISRAEL &
THE UNITED STATES CAME TO A
CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS AN ERROR ON BOTH PARTIES. ISRAEL
PAID 42 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE
FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED AND
17 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE U.S.
AND 22 MILLION TO THE INJURED FOR COMPENSATION. LET'S JUST
END THIS DISCUSSION ONCE AND
FOR ALL.

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lofty1463 shelbuchman August 12 2014 at 10:57 PM

shelbuchman:
Unfortunately, you are wasting your time. Presenting FACTS to a devoted Jew hater like "geaux" is fruitless because there is no interest in your correctly presented historical reality or fact. Jew haters are only interested in their concocted psychotic beliefs that attempt to satisfy their own serious deficiencies, insecurities and often profound character flaws (I am being kind here).

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dm2473 August 11 2014 at 6:23 AM

Hamas must be running out of missiles.

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dal dm2473 August 11 2014 at 8:17 AM

Lol !

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AOL is the Worst dm2473 August 11 2014 at 8:52 AM

and brains- but not camel dung.

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dal August 11 2014 at 8:13 AM

the question should be directed to the people of Palestine, Do you want a normal life? Do you really want the Hamas to be your representative from here on out? The people thus far have indicated they are behind the Hamas so what happens to them is their own doing, just like those who followed the Nazis you reap what you sow. I can't condemn Israel for defending itself so don't keep calling them to the cease fire talks if all you will do is talk then at the end of the 72 hour ceasefire resume firing on Israel. No good will come from this if you don't truly want peace, tolerance and coexistence.

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katyclaire dal August 11 2014 at 2:01 PM

What they want is what everyone wants...freedom.

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davandsher katyclaire August 11 2014 at 2:28 PM

If they want freedom they should chase Hamas out of Palestine. They would have a much better chance at freedom if rockets weren't being fired into Israel.

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