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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: Sustainable ceasefire needed to end suffering

Middle East Envoy Tony Blair has said he hopes a ceasefire can be reached between Israel and Gaza in the coming days.

Mr Blair was speaking after a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres:

I very much hope that over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a basis that is sustainable, on a basis that stops the threat of missiles coming from Gaza, targeted at Israeli civilians, and also then relieves the people of Gaza who have also suffered of course.

– Tony Blair, Middle East envoy

Our goals are clear to stop the fire and to introduce a deterrent against the renewal of it.

– Shimon Peres, Israeli President

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