Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza

Updated: 08/11/2014 3:14 PM
Created: 08/10/2014 7:49 PM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - High school students in Gaza were in the streets Monday morning, heading off to pick up their graduation certificates.

It's one sign of the 72-hour cease-fire that has again taken hold in Gaza. It's aimed at allowing humanitarian aid into the territory, and the reopening of indirect talks in Egypt between Israel and Hamas on a more lasting and comprehensive truce. A four-member Israeli delegation arrived Monday morning in Cairo.

The lull in the violence is allowing Palestinians to leave their homes and shelters, and there have been long lines at ATMs.

Although the cease-fire is holding, the Israeli military says it killed a suspected Palestinian militant early Monday in a West Bank village. The military says 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.

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

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