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Donors pledge $5.4bn for Gaza reconstruction

Aid pledged at Cairo meet to rebuild enclave devastated by Israeli assault surpasses what Palestinians had asked for

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Source: aljazeera.com

Global donors have pledged a sum of $5.4bn in aid to reconstruct the Gaza Strip amid warnings that the battered Palestinian enclave remained a “tinderbox” following its summer war with Israel.

“The participants pledged approximately $5.4bn,” Norwegian foreign minister, Boerge Brende, said during the closing statement at the Cairo conference which Norway co-hosted.

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Day 2 of Gaza truce ahead of crunch Cairo talks

As truce over the Gaza conflict appears to hold, Palestinians and Israelis prepare to enter Cairo talks amid conflicting demands on both sides

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Palestinian brothers sit on the rubble of their house in Beit Hanun district after the latest truce came into effect (AFP)

Source: http://www.middleeasteye.net/

A fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day Wednesday as Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for crunch talks in Cairo to try to extend the 72-hour truce.

The ceasefire, which came into effect Tuesday, has brought relief to both sides after one month of fighting killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.

Delegations are now ready for what are expected to be tough talks aimed at securing a permanent ceasefire after the three-day window closes.

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