Cease-fire declared in Palestinian infighting

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January 30, 2007 00:18

 
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Warring Hamas and Fatah factions in Gaza declared a cease-fire early Tuesday, set to go into effect at 3 a.m. local time (0100 GMT,) Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar of Hamas announced. Zahar spoke after a meeting between Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and a representative of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, with the participation of Egyptian mediators. They flanked him during his statement. Zahar said clashes that have taken more than 60 lives were to halt, security forces were to return to their bases and suspects in killings are to be handed over. As he spoke, gunfire could still be heard in Gaza City.

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