Israel agrees truce, won't lift blockade - report

2012-11-21 19:15
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Alaa Badarneh, AP)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Alaa Badarneh, AP)

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Jerusalem - Israel has agreed to a truce in the Gaza Strip, but will not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli sources said on Wednesday, declining to give further details of any deal.

Shortly before, a Palestinian official with knowledge of Egyptian mediation between the two sides told Reuters that there was a ceasefire agreement to end eight days of fighting in Gaza that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

Israel's Channel Two television said a ceasefire would be announced in Cairo later on Wednesday by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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