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Ceasefire takes effect in Gaza

GAZA, Aug 7 (KUNA) -- The Egypt-brokered ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement entered into force at 23:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT). Minutes before the start of the ceasefire, Israeli jetfighters attacked several resistance movement targets across Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Palestinian factions retaliated by firing a number of rockets towards Israeli settlements near Gaza Strip. The health authorities in Gaza announced that the death toll of the Israeli assault on the Strip had jumped to 44 people, including 15 children and four women. They noted that 360 others were injured in the attacks. (end) wab.maa.ibi