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Palestinian militants agree to end suicide bombings

The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad formally announced yesterday that they are halting all suicide bombings and other attacks on Israelis in a ceasefire, with immediate effect. Hours later, Yasser Arafat’s ruling Fatah party announced that it was joining the ceasefire. And yesterday evening the Israeli army began withdrawing from the Gaza Strip under a deal to return control to Palestinian security forces. The ceasefire and the withdrawal represent the first real progress under the road-map peace plan personally backed by President George Bush, and the first hint that respite from almost three years of relentless bloodshed may be at hand. Full Story

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