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Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza

April 10, 2011 11:18 A.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 1:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza.

The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to stop firing shells toward Israeli towns around Gaza. However, the factions have not officially announced ceasefire.

The sources highlighted that the Israelis posed a controversial point when they insisted their forces would continue to hit what they called “time bombs” which pose a threat to Israel. The Palestinian attitude to that Israeli stipulation was not clear.

Ma’an’s correspondent in Gaza said all the military groups committed to the agreement except Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades who claimed responsibility for firing three mortar shells at the Kerem Shalom area Sunday morning.

Israel also announced later Sunday that a missile fired from Gaza hit Ashkelon causing no casualties.

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