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Source: Israel
Palestinian Authority
26 November 2006

Israel, Palestinian Authority declare cease-fire in Gaza Strip

The following announcement was released by the Prime Minister's Office early Sunday, 26 Nov 2006:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke a short while ago last night  with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who telephoned in order to inform him that he had reached agreements with all Palestinian factions to halt all violent actions from the Gaza Strip including rocket fire, the digging of tunnels, and the dispatch of suicide terrorists. 

The comprehensive cease-fire will enter into force at 06:00 today (Sunday, 26 Nov 2006).  PA Chairman Abbas told Prime Minister Olmert that all Palestinian organizations have committed to the foregoing and said that he expects that Israel will halt its military activity in the Gaza Strip in response and will withdraw its forces from the Strip. 

Prime Minister Olmert consulted with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and other ministers, and with senior security establishment commanders, and informed PA Chairman Abbas that since Israel has been active in the Gaza Strip in response to terrorist actions, in light of the cease-fire, Israel would halt its military actions and withdraw its forces from the Gaza Strip in the hope that the cessation of violent activity will last and serve both sides. 

The two men agreed to continue to discuss the expansion of the cessation of violent activity to Judea and Samaria in the future.  They also agreed to speak again soon in order to continue these measures.

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