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Gaza residents celebrated an open-ended ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday. Men, women and children were out on the streets waving flags and flashing victory signs following the ceasefire announcement. (Aug. 27)

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 26, 2014

1. Various of people celebrating waving flags

2. Various of little children holding machine guns and making victory sign

3. Men waving green and yellow flags of Hamas and Fatah and celebrating on the street

4. People waving flags

5. Children making victory sign

6. Senior Hamas political leader Dr. Mahmoud Zahar (center, in beige shirt) and Dr. Mohamed Al Hendy, leader of the Islamic Jihad (in blue and white stripped shirt) holding weapon

7. Crowd surrounding leaders

8. Crowds celebrating

STORYLINE:

Gaza residents celebrated an open-ended ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday.

Men, women and children were out on the streets waving flags and flashing victory signs following the ceasefire announcement.

Celebratory gunfire was heard throughout the city while people paraded down the main streets holding weapons, and flags representing the main Palestinian political factions.

The ceasefire halts a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people and left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless.

Displaced families who sought shelter in schools begun returning home on Tuesday.

Some had been forced to move out of their devastated homes following Israeli airstrikes against militants.

Under the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction.

It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles.

Previous ceasefire deals have collapsed since the war began on July the 8th.

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