An Israeli Defense Forces spokesman said Tuesday that 32 cross-border tunnels had been destroyed, completing Israel's main mission ahead of a 72-hour cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza.
Israel said it had withdrawn all ground troops from Gaza by the start of the cease-fire at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The IDF said it would maintain defensive positions near the Gaza border.
Minutes before the truce took effect, a volley of rockets were fired into Israel. Air raid sirens wailed as far north as the Jerusalem area. Hamas claimed responsibility for the final salvo and no injuries were immediately reported.
The cease-fire was arranged by Egypt and agreed upon tentatively by Israel and Hamas on Monday. During the three-day truce, Egypt is set to host indirect talks in Cairo between the parties to establish a long-term agreement.
Bloodshed has continued throughout the month-long war, with an attack in Jerusalem yesterday making many fear the violence would spill over.
Several truces have been arranged and broken within hours of starting, including a truce on Friday.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev has blamed Hamas for prolonging the conflict after it rejected an earlier cease-fire deal proposed by Egypt.
Palestinians have been making the most of the truce, with fishing boats returning to the waters around Gaza this morning.
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