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Gaza cease-fire to begin at 7 p.m. GMT: officials

A ball of fire rising from the house of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, Nafez Azzam, that was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern of Gaza Strip August 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)

RAMALLAH: A long-term cease-fire in Gaza that the Palestinians say was agreed with Israel will go into effect at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) Tuesday, an official in Ramallah told AFP.

The agreement seeks to put a "durable" end to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around the Gaza Strip, the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Israeli officials have yet to comment.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was to make an announcement on the matter at 1600 GMT the start of a leadership meeting in Ramallah, he said.

 

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