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Cross-border violence between Israel, Gaza ebbs
Cross-border violence between Israel, Gaza ebbs as cease-fire mediated by Egypt takes effect
By The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) ' The Israeli military says it has ordered no airstrikes against Gaza militants and rocket fire at southern Israel from Gaza has ebbed ' signs that a truce is taking effect.

The calm comes after Egypt said early Tuesday that it had brokered a cease-fire ending four days of clashes.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Matan Vilnai told Israel Radio the latest outbreak of violence "appears to be behind us."

The military says Israel carried out no airstrikes after 1 a.m. Tuesday, when the cease-fire was to take effect. It says two rockets were fired at Israel, causing no injuries.

Twenty-four Palestinians died in the violence that erupted on Friday. The lives of 1 million Israelis in rocket range were disrupted by frequent sirens warning them to take cover.

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