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Israel, Palestinians Agree Truce From Sunday Evening - Sources

PARIS, France - Israel and Palestinian militants have agreed to a truce in Gaza from Sunday evening as mediated by Cairo, sources said, after a weekend - long pounding of Palestinian targets by Israel triggered longer - range rocket attacks against its cities.

An Egyptian security source said Israel had agreed to the proposal, while a Palestinian familiar with Egyptian efforts said the ceasefire would go into effect at 20:00 (1900GMT).

Spokespeople for Israel and Islamic Jihad, the faction it has been fighting in Gaza since clashes erupted on Friday, did not confirm this, saying only that they were in contact with Cairo.

The flare-up, recalling preludes to previous Gaza wars, has worried world powers. However, it has been relatively contained as Hamas, the governing Islamist group in the Gaza Strip and more powerful than Iranian - backed Islamic Jihad, has so far stayed out.

Gaza officials said 31 Palestinians, at least a third of them civilians, has so far been killed. The rockets have paralysed much of southern Israel and sent residents in cities including Tel Aviv and Ashkelon to shelters.

The Egyptian security source said earlier that the proposed truce was tot take effect at 2100 GMT.



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