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Israeli troops leave Gaza: army

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Israel has withdrawn all its forces from the Gaza Strip, wrapping up a ground operation launched on July 17, a military spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

“There were a number of forces inside … but all of them have left” the Palestinian territory, General Moti Almoz told army radio.

The withdrawal of troops, which began on Saturday, was completed before the start of a 72-hour truce agreement which went into effect at 0500 GMT.

“We are, according to the government’s directive, implementing a 72-hour ceasefire this morning from 8:00 am,” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said.

“The IDF (army) will be deployed in defensive positions outside the Gaza Strip.

“The IDF will respond if it is attacked.” SAPA

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