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Palestinian women react during the funeral of Islamic Jihad militant Hamada Mataleg who was killed in an Israeli air strike Sunday, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, March 12, 2012. Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinian militants and a schoolboy in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel, in escalating fighting that has defied international truce efforts. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel-Gaza truce takes hold

An Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip began to take hold on Mar. 13 after four days of violence in which 25 Palestinians were killed and 200 rockets were fired at Israel.