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Israeli army withdraws armoured vehicles from Gaza border area

11:33am BST - 01:24

Israel's army evacuates armoured vehicles from Gaza border area as ceasefire holds (Rough cut. No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The Israeli army has started withdrawing armoured vehicles from positions near the Gaza border, as a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians holds. The Egyptian-mediated truce took effect on Tuesday evening. The agreement calls for an indefinite halt to hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt, and a widening of the territory's fishing zone in the Mediterranean. A second stage of the truce scheduled to take effect next month calls for Israel and the Palestinians to discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and Israel's release of Hamas prisoners in the occupied West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in his country's newspapers over a campaign in which no clear victor emerged. Israel said it dealt a strong blow to Hamas, killing several of its military leaders and destroying its cross-border infiltration tunnels. Palestinian health officials say 2,139 people, including more than 490 children, have been killed. Israel's death toll stood at 64 soldiers and six civilians.

Israeli army withdraws armoured vehicles from Gaza border area

11:33am BST - 01:24

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