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Published: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 12:40:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 12:41:41 PM

Israeli ground forces to quit Gaza ahead of truce

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli ground forces will completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip ahead of an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire set to begin at 0600 EDT, a military spokesman said.

"The Israel Defence Forces will be redeployed in defensive positions outside the Gaza Strip and we will maintain those defensive positions," Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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