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Calls for diplomacy as Gaza ceasefire holds; skirmishes in Jerusalem

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Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip stopped on Friday as both sides stuck to a ceasefire – raising the prospect of a renewed political push to end the Middle East conflict. Israel and Hamas had agreed to stop all attacks from 2 am on Friday (2300 GMT Thursday), ending 11 days of Israeli air raids and Palestinian rocket fire that left 232 people dead in Gaza and claimed 12 lives in Israel. “At this point, the military phase is over. Now is the time for political resolution,” Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in a press statement, adding that this meant we…

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