Gaza Ceasefire Begins; Israel Troops Withdraw
Next step: talks on lasting truce
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2014 7:32 AM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2014 7:53 AM CDT
Israeli soldiers walk in a staging area near the Israel Gaza border, Saturday, August 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

(Newser) – Just before an Egypt-brokered ceasefire took hold in Gaza this morning, both sides exchanged fire. Several hours into the truce, however, things have been calm, the Washington Post reports, while the Guardian sees a chance at a "definitive end" to the latest conflict. Israel says it has withdrawn all its troops from Gaza, pointing to support for the Egyptian effort, the New York Times notes. The latest from the region:

  • Israel has finished destroying border tunnels, local media report, boosting the odds of a more lasting ceasefire, the Guardian notes. But both sides are wary, spokespeople tell CNN. "We are entering this with our eyes open," says an Israeli government rep. "We have been burnt more than once."
  • A British government minister has resigned over the UK's Gaza policy, calling it "morally indefensible." Sayeeda Warsi, a senior minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, tweeted her fears of a "detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically," CNN reports.
  • The AP sees signs that Hamas could let Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas take charge of rebuilding operations, despite former divisions. And there's plenty of rebuilding to be done. "Peace? What peace?" a student near Gaza City asks CNN. "We have no home, no water, no power … There is no peace here."
  • The death toll now stands at 1,865 Palestinians—about 70% civilians, the UN says—and 67 Israelis, including three civilians, both sides report, per CNN. The next step: Talks in Egypt to forge a longer-term agreement, the Times reports.

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fred lapides
Aug 5, 2014 6:10 PM CDT
now that there is a cease fire, journalists, free from constraints in place by Hamas, tell us about Hamas rockets fired from civilian places.
Aug 5, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
All people should put a stop to any sort of genocide. In the case of Israel it is more of a crime since they have practically beat us by dragging out their holocaust sob story each year. Americans have been silenced by the antisemitism label because of this holocaust programming. Jews are not above criticism. Antisemitism is calling people racist names, it is not speaking out against obvious Israel atrocities. Israel does not get a pass on this. I have a long list of Jewish people who see these atrocities clearly, because they actually have a conscience and object to them. They have taught me not to be silent and let this continue to happen while the Israeli propagandists (hasbara) like to spin all the horror into some half-baked story of self defense. We can all see with our own eyes what is happening. Throw off all the programming and all the terrorist scare tactics they like to lay on you, be strong and object firmly to the genocide of the Palestinian people, because it is the humane thing to do,
Aug 5, 2014 3:36 PM CDT
All the Americans who are Palestinian sympathizers & apologists as well as jew haters alike should remember that it was the Palestinians cheering loudly in the streets when America was being attacked on Sept 11 2001, lets not ever forget that fact. This is just a slice of why we are backing Israel & will always be behind them