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Egypt announces ceasefire between Israel and Hamas
 
Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on Nov. 19.
Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on Nov. 19.
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In a brief news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced that a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas would go into effect by 2 p.m. EST. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who stood by the foreign minister's side, also read a statement, thanking Egyptian officials for their work in brokering the truce, and opening the door for further discussion for a more permanent, "lasting peace."

 

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