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Gaza ceasefire reached

Gaza ceasefire reached
Hamas and Israel have reached a ceasefire agreement, the Egyptian foreign minister has announced.

Appearing at a press conference alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mohamed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect from 7pm GMT tonight.

Ms Clinton thanked the Egyptian government for its leadership in "de-escalating the situation" and ending the violence, and pledged to work with parties across the region to "consolidate this progress".

However she said more must be done to move towards “a comprehensive peace” for all people in the Middle East.

"Now we have to focus on reaching a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security, dignity and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike," she said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the agreement, and also paid tribute to the Egyptian government for its "intensive efforts and leadership" during the conflict.

“The priority now must be to build on the ceasefire and to address the underlying causes of the conflict, including more open access to and from Gaza for trade as well as humanitarian assistance, and an end to the smuggling of weapons," he added.

David Cameron earlier warned the "last chance for peace" was looming in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Question, Mr Cameron said: "Confidence is dwindling that there is time left for a two state solution and that is why there is such a sense of urgency among the international community this could be the last chance for peace."

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