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US 'strongly supports' Gaza ceasefire: Kerry

Palestinians flash peace signs as they celebrate after a deal had been reached between Hamas and Israel over a long-term end to seven weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip on August 26, 2014 in Gaza CityThe United States gave full backing Tuesday to a new long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians, expressing hope that both sides would cooperate to help the new truce hold. “We strongly support today’s ceasefire agreement,” Secretary of State John Kerry said, calling “on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms.” The agreement came into effect at 1600 GMT and calls for an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, which began on July 8 and has claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 69 on the Israeli side. “We hope very much that this ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable, that it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks, and that it will help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict in Gaza,” the secretary of state said.

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