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Amidst Shaky Truce, Gazans Venture Out

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Cautious Gaza residents venture out Tuesday, the first day of a 3-day truce between Israel and Hamas. Egyptian mediators plan to shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo, in an effort to work out a longer-lasting peace. (Aug. 5)

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - 5 August 2014

1. Pan right of destruction in Shijaiyah neighborhood

2. Various of residents looking through rubble, searching for their belongings

3. Wide of people at UNWRA school courtyard

4. Various of people inside school premises

5. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Mohammad al-Dahdoh, Gaza resident: (Transcript below)

Jerusalem - 5 August 2014

6. Wide of shoppers at market

7. Close-up newspaper seller holding "Israel Hayom" newspaper with headline reading (Hebrew): "Cease-fire"

8. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Itzik Cohen, Jerusalem market stall owner: (Transcript below)

Israel-Gaza border Southern Israel - 5 August 2014

9. Various of Israeli troops walking on a road

10. Various of Israeli soldiers taking off their equipment

Gaza City, Gaza Strip - 5 August 2014

11. Various, shoppers at market

Jerusalem - 5 August 2014

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, Israeli Defense Force spokesman: (Transcript below)

Israel-Gaza border Southern Israel - 5 August 2014

13 Israeli soldiers posing for group picture

14. Israeli soldiers posing with Israeli flag

Gaza City, Gaza Strip - 5 August 2014

15. Wide, destruction in Shijaiyah neighborhood

16. Close-up rubble

17. Mid, people walking through rubble

18. Mid, people walking past water tanker

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

A TENUOUS TRUCE IN THE MIDEAST.

MEANT TO LAST AT LEAST THREE DAYS, THE TRUCE COMES AFTER NEARLY A MONTH OF FIGHTING.

THE TEMPORARY CEASE-FIRE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS _ SETTING THE STAGE FOR TALKS IN EGYPT ON A BROADER DEAL ON THE GAZA STRIP.

GAZA'S RESIDENTS USED THE LULL IN VIOLENCE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES, MANY ONLY FINDING RUINS ...

(SOT: Mohammad al-Dahdoh, Gaza resident)

"Where are we supposed to go? To destroyed homes? To other areas along the border? Those areas we're not allowed to go to. The border areas we're not allowed to reach, they're unsafe."

AT A JERUSALEM MARKET, SOME ISRAELI SHOPPERS CRITICIZED THE CEASE-FIRE, WHILE OTHERS CAUTIOUSLY WELCOMED THE NEWS ...

(SOT: Itzik Cohen, Jerusalem market stall owner)

"The cease-fire is good for everyone. It's a pity for the soldiers. I prefer that we leave as long as they don't pull a trick on us. "

ISRAEL WITHDREW ITS GROUND FORCES FROM GAZA'S BORDER AREAS, AND BOTH SIDES HALTED CROSS-BORDER ATTACKS AS THE THREE-DAY TRUCE TOOK EFFECT AT EARLY.

IN GAZA CITY, WHERE STREETS HAD BEEN DESERTED DURING THE WAR, TRAFFIC PICKED UP AND SHOPS OPENED DOORS.

IF THE CALM HOLDS, IT WOULD BE THE LONGEST LULL IN FIGHTING THAT HAS KILLED NEARLY 1,900 PALESTINIANS AND 67 ISRAELIS.

(SOT: Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, Israeli Defense Forces spokesman)

"The next 72 hours are crucial. The discussions will take place, probably, and we will have to maintain the security on our side of the fence and defend those communities in the south."

LERNER SAID ISRAEL WITHDREW ALL ITS REMAINING FORCES FROM GAZA ON TUESDAY AFTER TROOPS DESTROYED CROSS-BORDER TUNNELS.

IN COMING DAYS, EGYPTIAN MEDIATORS PLAN TO SHUTTLE BETWEEN ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN DELEGATIONS IN CAIRO TO TRY TO WORK OUT NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR GAZA.

BUT WIDE GAPS REMAIN AND PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL ATTEMPTS TO BROKER A TEMPORARY HALT IN THE FIGHTING HAVE FAILED.

TRACY BROWN/Associated Press

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