As it happened: Israel withdraws troops as Gaza truce begins

Key points

  • Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza began a 72-hour truce at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT)
  • The ceasefire was brokered by Egyptian mediators, and is expected to be followed by negotiations in Cairo
  • Israel has announced the withdrawal of all of its troops to "defensive positions" outside the Gaza Strip
  • The four-week conflict has killed at least 1,800 Palestinians and 67 Israelis
  • Previous truces were short-lived, with both sides accusing the other of violations
  • All times BST (GMT+1)

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Reporting:

  • Helier Cheung 
  • Harry Low 
  • Susanna Cooper 

Last updated 5 August 2014

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