Israel, Gaza Militants Reach Truce

    Palestinians attend a rally in front of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on February 18, 2012 during a sit-in by dozens of emergency crews and ambulance workers demanding Egypt  provide the Gaza Strip with electricity and diesel. Egypt has promised to provide diesel fuel for the Gaza Strip's sole power plant, which went down this week after running out of fuel, a Gaza official said. AFP PHOTO SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    After four days of cross-border violence claimed 25 Palestinian lives, Egyptian officials say they have helped broker a truce between Israel and Gaza militants. The two sides “agreed to end the current operations” and “begin a comprehensive and mutual calm,” Egyptians said of the deal. The militants in Gaza reportedly fired close to 150 rockets into Israel since Friday, injuring eight Israelis, military officials said. Hamas’s leadership in Gaza said their forces stayed out of the fighting. Schools were closed, and Israelis stayed in their houses. Meanwhile, in Gaza about 80 Palestinians were wounded.

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