Gaza conflict comes to an end

A breakthrough has finally been reached after Israel’s 22-day military offensive in Gaza....

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A breakthrough has finally been reached after Israel’s 22-day military offensive in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza.

The Israeli War Cabinet has voted in favour of a unilateral ceasefire.

Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert said all military their objectives had been achieved and Hamas has been beaten in what he called a ’fabulous operation’.

The fighting in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Gaza was brought to an end on Saturday night when Olmert announced a unilateral ceasefire however Hamas warned that as long as Israeli troops remained inside the region they would not respect the ceasefire. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

<country-region w:st="on">Israel</country-region> has confirmed that it would keep troops inside <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Gaza for the meanwhile.

Addressing a press conference the Israeli Prime Minister said they had met all of their objectives in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Gaza even succeeding some of them he also said the country had tried its best to minimise civilian casualties.

Olmert insisted that there would be international efforts to help recuperate <city w:st="on">Gaza while <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region> would assist as best it could.