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Hamas, Israel Declare Separate Cease-Fires

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A day after Israel announced a unilateral cease-fire, Hamas called for a cease-fire of its own. The Israeli cease-fire called for Hamas to stop rocket attacks on Israel. The Hamas security forces called for Israel to withdraw its troops from Gaza within a week.

Early in the day, there were several clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli soldiers in Gaza. Palestinian medical officials said a 20-year-old farmer was killed by Israeli fire.

Hamas also fired at least 10 rockets at Israel after the unilateral Israeli cease-fire went into effect. As fighting slowed, Palestinian medical officials said they found the bodies of 95 Palestinians in rubble in northern Gaza, many of them women and children.

The Ma'an news agency put the Palestinian death toll at more than 1,200, with more than 5,400 wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced the cease-fire Saturday night but said Israeli troops would remain in Gaza for now and would respond to any Hamas attacks.

In its announcement Sunday, Hamas said any cease-fire must include a complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and opening Gaza's border crossings with Egypt and with Israel.



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