Israel, Hamas Agree to ‘Unofficial Ceasefire’

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0  Updated at 9:32 pm, October 24th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(GAZA CITY) — After days of deadly fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to “unofficial ceasefire,” BBC News reports.

The fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militants who control Gaza, had worsened in recent days, forcing schools on both sides to close, according to BBC News. Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was prepared to defend itself against any attacks aimed at the country.

“We didn’t ask for this escalation and didn’t initiate it. But if it continues, we are prepared to embark on a far mor extensive and penetrating operation,” he said, according to BBC.

The terms and length of the ceasefire, negotiated with the help of Egypt, are unknown.

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