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    Rockets Disrupt Uneasy Gaza Cease-fire

    Following two days of heavy fighting with Israel that left at least 34 Palestinians dead, the militant Islamic Jihad group announced a temporary truce early today. Both sides claimed victory, but amid unclear circumstances: While Islamic Jihad claimed Israel would stop targeting its leaders, Israeli officials made no mention of that. But just hours after the Egypt-brokered deal went into effect, Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel, leaving the fate of the cease-fire uncertain.

    What's it like on the ground? Despite the “uneasy calm” reported by journalists, the daily rhythm of life in Gaza appeared to be returning.

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