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Israeli Troops on Border Fire Cannons Into Gaza

Israeli forces operating near Gaza border on Wednesday fired cannons at Gaza as Israel's offensive against militants in the coastal enclave entered its 16th day. Earlier on Wednesday, the Palestinian decision-making body led by U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts. With Israeli and U.S. encouragement, Egypt has tried to get both sides to hold fire and...

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