Middle East Unrest

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds for Second Day as Peace Talks Loom


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended a month of war was holding for a second day Wednesday, ahead of negotiations in Cairo on a long-term truce and a broader deal for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. In the coming days, Egyptian mediators will shuttle between delegations from both sides to try to work out a deal.

Hamas, which rules Gaza, is seeking an internationally funded reconstruction plan overseen by a Palestinian unity government led by President Mahmoud Abbas. International Mideast envoy Tony Blair was in Cairo and was to meet with Egypt's foreign minister and Arab League officials on Wednesday. The cease-fire is the longest lull in a war that has killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians. Israel has lost 67 people, including three civilians.



- The Associated Press