Nov. 21 (UPI) --
A ceasefire is set to go into effect at 9 p.m. local time Wednesday in Gaza, putting an end to eight days of shelling between Hamas and Israeli forces that has injured hundreds and and inflamed tensions.
A copy of the deal, announced by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamad Amr with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton standing by, was sent to the BBC.
The page reads:
Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip
1.a.Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.
b.All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border.
c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.
d. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.
2. Implementation Mechanism:
a. Setting up of the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into effect.
b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.
c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt - as the sponsor of this understanding - shall be informed to follow up.
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