Israeli troops kill 1, test ceasefire


After intense Israeli shelling that killed 162 Gazans, including 30 militant commanders, and flattened many government buildings and homes, people poured onto the bomb-blasted streets, beaming as they shopped and strolled under the shield of the ceasefire agreement reached in Cairo.

There were neither celebrations nor significant protests in Israel, where people in southern cities passed the first day in more than a week without constant sirens signaling incoming rockets. Instead, an uneasy, even grim calm set in.

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