72-hour Gaza ceasefire begins; Israel withdraws troops

|By:, SA News Editor

Israel has withdrawn its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following its elimination of cross-border infiltration tunnels.

An Egyptian-mediated 72-hour ceasefire kicked in at 5:00 a.m. GMT, and over the course of the truce, delegates are expected to join talks in Cairo to cement a longer-term deal.

Egypt has positioned itself as a mediator in prior Gaza conflicts but, like Israel, its current administration views Hamas as a security threat.