Israel Announces Total Withdrawal from Gaza

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Israeli ground forces were to completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip as an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire went into force on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

Israel Announces Total Withdrawal from Gaza

The Israeli forces will be redeployed in positions outside the Gaza Strip, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters.

The truce was agreed to by both sides in the month-long war. It started at 8am (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.

During the 72-hour truce, Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in Cairo on a broader deal that would prevent future cross-border violence, AFP reported.

Previous international attempts to broker a temporary halt in the fighting failed.

The war has claimed nearly 1,900 Palestinian lives – most of them civilians. It has also left 67 Israelis dead, all but three of them soldiers.


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