Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza truce: official

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Posted: Aug 22, 2011 5:23 AM
Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza truce: official

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and the Hamas Islamist group which controls the Gaza Strip have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday.

One official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza said the groups had "reached an understanding on a truce and that the truce has started."

A Palestinian official said Hamas had agreed to enforce the ceasefire on smaller militant groups which were responsible for most of the rockets fired at Israel in the recent surge in violence.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by David Stamp)