21 Nov '12, 8pm

Gaza truce comes into effect after week of bloodshed

Gaza truce comes into effect after week of bloodshed

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A ceasefire came into effect Wednesday in and around Gaza after a week of cross-border violence between Israel and Palestinian militants that killed at least 160 people. Gaza City's streets were dark and deserted in the minutes after the ceasefire began at 1900 GMT, and Israeli drones could be heard overhead, but soon after people poured out onto the streets to hail the "victory." Heavy celebratory gunfire could be heard throughout the Gaza Strip, and residents also released fireworks into the night sky, where Israeli drones could still be heard buzzing overhead. "The resistance has triumphed," some shouted, alongside chants of "God is greatest." Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr of Egypt, which brokered the ceasefire in days of marathon talks, announced the cessation of hostilities at a joint news conference in Cairo with US Secretary...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/123...

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