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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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Gaza death toll surpasses that of Cast Lead as count hits 1,437

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Source: http://www.maannews.net/

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian death toll in the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza surpassed that of Operation Cast Lead on Thursday as the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks hit 1,437.

In the most recent lethal Israeli attack, an airstrike hit the al-Bayoumi family home in al-Nusairat refugee camp, killing at least 11 Palestinians and injuring at least 45.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 1,417 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s infamous three-week offensive on Gaza in 2008-2009.

Some 5,303 people were injured during Cast Lead, while at least 8,265 have been injured throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s name for its current offensive.

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