Celebrations & claims of victory mark truce between Israel and Gaza


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Israeli soldiers stationed near the Northern Gaza border and Hamas supporters in Gaza City hold separate celebrations over the recently forged cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, both parties claiming victory. The truce negotiated by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy took effect Wednesday after 8 days of counter-strikes that resulted in the death of 163 Palestinians and at least six Israelis. In a televised speech, Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed Hindi thanked those who supported the resistance acknowledging the important role that Iran played in terms of funding and the provision of weaponry. Hindi also called for continued vigilance despite the truce, “We should be ready through our unity, through our resistance, to keep the perseverance and steadfastness of our people.”

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