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Gaza war cease-fire holds as negotiators gather

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 11, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

CAIRO — An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo.

The truce took effect just in late afternoon Central time, preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the cease-fire would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighborhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal.

On Monday morning, high school students in Gaza filed the streets as they headed off to pick up their graduation certificates after the Education Ministry said they'd be ready. People waited to buy fuel for generators as power and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged in the fighting. Long lines formed at ATMs.

In Cairo, negotiators said talks would resume this morning. The four-member Israeli delegation arrived at Cairo International Airport earlier Monday morning.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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