Palestinians flock to a market to buy their needs after a five-hours U.N. humanitarian cease-fire was announced in Gaza City on Thursday, July 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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After days of empty streets and shuttered shops, Gaza City sprang back to life Thursday during a fragile U.N.-negotiated humanitarian truce between Hamas and Israel to halt cross-border fire.The Islamist movement and Israel began observing the five-hour cease-fire at 9 a.m. (07:00 GMT) local time, after 10 days of violence that has killed at least 230 Palestinians and one Israeli.The cease-fire appeared to be holding several hours later, despite reports that three mortar bombs fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.Two and a half hours into the truce, three mortar bombs were fired from Gaza into the southern Israeli region of Eshkol, the Israeli military said.During the cease-fire, Gaza residents rushed to restock supplies after more than a week of being mostly holed up at home for fear of Israeli airstrikes.
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