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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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Tony Blair: Situation in Gaza is 'utterly tragic'

The Middle East Envoy Tony Blair has called the current situation in the Gaza Strip "utterly tragic" and said that both sides "have an interest de-escalating" the conflict.

Mr Blair has met both Israeli and Palestinian leaders today.

He told the BBC it was very important to restore "some normality" to the lives of Gazan civilians, but also to ensure that no further armaments enter the Gaza Strip.

He also praised Egypt for playing a "very constructive role" in brokering a ceasefire.

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