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Skies calm over Gaza as long-term truce takes hold

Palestinians flash the sign of victory atop a vehicle, as people celebrate a deal reached between Hamas and Israel for a long-term end to fighting in the Gaza Strip, August 26, 2014, in Gaza CityThe skies over the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said. “Since the truce came into force, there has been no IDF activity in Gaza, and no rocket fire on Israel,” a military spokeswoman said 12 hours after the guns on both sides fell silent. In Gaza, where celebrations erupted once the truce took hold at 1600 GMT on Tuesday, the festivities continued late into the night as its 1.8 million residents revelled in the end of seven weeks of bloody violence.

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