The Israeli army has started withdrawing its troops from gaza - after ending a three week battle in the territory.
the move comes after Gaza's Hamas rulers announced a one-week cease fire, with condition, that Israeli troops pull out.
Humanitarian aid is pouring into the region as Palestinians hit hardest by the conflict try to put their lives back together.
Israeli ground troops are on the march again, but this time OUT of Gaza. The gradual withdrawal began after Israel, then Hamas, announced a ceasefire. Hamas says its truce comes with the condition that Israel pulls out within a week and opens borders to let aid in.
But even both sides called for a halt in the fighting, more rockets struck southern Israel.
Israeli jets launched further air strikes in retaliation. But a break in fighting followed. Residents in Gaza returned to homes that in some cases were reduced to rubble after three weeks of bombardment.
More aid is flowing into Gaza, to reach the population of 1.5 million Palestinians who were already in need even before fighting began.
Major Avital Leibovich, Israeli Defense Force Spokeswoman says,
“We will continue to supply the Palestinians in Gaza with food, humanitarian aid, medicine.”
At a summit in Egypt, European and conservative Arab leaders sought to turn the shaky ceasefire into a permanent peace.
Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister says, “While amidst suffering and grief and tears, I believe I can see a clear path to peace."
Although there are hopes the fragile ceasefire will hold, there are also fears it may not.
U.N. secretary-general Ban Key-Moon is stressing the need for Hamas to stop rocket fire, and for Israel to exercise restraint to sustain the halt.
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