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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.

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Dangers of Gaza conflict 'cannot be exaggerated'

The Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has warned that the dangers of an escalating conflict between Israel and Gaza "cannot be exaggerated". He said:

The last thing needed now in the Middle East and North Africa is an escalating conflict spilling out from Gaza.

The rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas are unjustified, should never have happened and should end immediately.

But the Israeli government must not overreact, must not launch a ground attack on Gaza and should seek to de-escalate the tensions on the ground.

– Simon Hughes, Lib Dem deputy leader

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