Skip to content

Cease-fire Between Palestinians, Israel Takes Effect in Gaza

Smoke billows from the site of a reported Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 6.

Smoke billows from the site of a reported Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 6.

Photographer: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Updated on

Gaza City, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

The flare-up was the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza militant groups since Israel and Hamas fought an 11-day war last year, and adds to the destruction and misery that have plagued blockaded Gaza for years.