Palestinian residents shop on a street in Gaza City during a temporary five-hour humanitarian cease-fire observed by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas on July 17, 2014. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)
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Palestinians rushed to shops and banks Thursday as a five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force, hours after the Israeli military said it had fought off gunmen who infiltrated from Gaza.During the cease-fire, air raid sirens went off briefly in southern Israel and the military said three mortars landed in open areas, but the truce appeared to be generally holding. Hours before the truce began, about a dozen Palestinian fighters tunneled under the border, emerging near an Israeli community. At least one was killed when Israeli aircraft bombed the group, the military said. The break in 10 days of fighting was requested by the United Nations to allow residents of the Gaza strip, ruled by the Hamas group viewed by Israel as terrorists, to gather supplies and repair damage to infrastructure such as water mains and power. In Israel, one civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza, where the Israeli military says more than 1,300 rockets have been launched into the Jewish state.The Israeli military said the reported civilian casualties were unintended and tragic and it was investigating what happened.
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