Thousands of Gaza residents seek refuge at relief sites after week of Israeli strikes
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Hamas and Israel agreed to a ceasefire plan crafted by Egypt and endorsed by the Obama Administration. Egypt’s foreign minister, Kamel Amr announced the truce today in Cairo with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to the ceasefire deal, Israel has agreed to stop all “hostilities” on the Gaza Strip, from land, sea and air. In turn, all Palestinian factions will stop rocket attacks into Israel. The plan said all sides will address the opening of crossings 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.FSRN’s correspondent in Gaza said that the atmosphere is festive following the announcement. Since the latest conflict began one week ago 141 Palestinians have been killed, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Almost half were civilians. More than 1,000 have been injured. Five Israelis have been killed by rockets launched from Gaza, according to Israeli officials. After the Israeli military ordered Gaza residents living near the border to evacuate yesterday, more than 16,000 residents of the northern Gaza area fled to safe shelters at Gaza city's United Nations Relief and Works Agency-run schools. FSRN's Rami Almeghari has more from Gaza City.