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Barak orders Israeli army to continue Gaza blockade

Nov. 23, 2008 9:33 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2008 9:33 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided to keep the Gaza Strip crossing points closed on Sunday.

Israeli authorities were preparing to reopen the crossing points, yet after Palestinian fighters launched homemade projectiles last night towards Israeli targets, it was decided that the borders would remain closed.

Later on Sunday, an agreement was reached between Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel, according to an announcement from Hamas.

The agreement centers around a pledge to stop firing on Israeli targets in return for Israel opening crossing points into the besieged strip, a top Hamas leader said.

***Updated 12:25 Bethlehem time

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