Palestinian men inspect the remains of a building after it was hit by an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on August 9, 2014.AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
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A 72-hour cease-fire went into effect after midnight Sunday after Israel and Hamas accepted a fresh Egyptian proposal, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce meant to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has cost nearly 2,000 lives.Hamas is seeking an end to the blockade on Gaza, while Israel wants Hamas to dismantle its arsenal of rockets and other weapons.Israel had walked away from cease-fire talks over the weekend, after militants resumed their rocket fire.Last week's talks failed in part because Israel rejected Hamas' demand for a complete end to the blockade. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent arms smuggling and that Hamas must disarm.
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