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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Hamas leader: Blockade must end in return for truce

The Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said that Israel must concede "specific demands" in return for a truce that he said the Israeli government was seeking.

At a new conference in Cairo, he said Israeli must halt what he described as its "aggression" towards the Gaza Strip and lift the blockade of the Palestinian territory:

We are not against calm [a truce] ... but there must specific demands ... the Israeli thuggery and aggression stop ... and the siege on Gaza be lifted ...

They [Israel] attacked and they requested the calm because their calculations failed".

Israel denies its prime minister has requested a truce.

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