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Celebratory gunfire erupted in Gaza Tuesday after a long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians went into effect at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT), aimed at ending 50 days of bloodshed.

Thousands of Palestinians flooded on to the streets of Gaza City, including gunmen -- some from Hamas -- who fired in the air in celebration just moments after the truce began, AFP correspondents said.

Mosques used their loudspeakers to broadcast celebratory chants of "God is greatest" as the wartorn enclave hailed the apparent end to some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade.

Palestinian officials had said earlier Tuesday that Gaza cease-fire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent.

Israel has agreed to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction material into Gaza , an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement said.

srael has agreed to observe an "unlimited" ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, shortly after the deal was announced by the Palestinians.

"We have accepted, once again, an Egyptian proposal for an unconditional and unlimited-in-time ceasefire," the official said speaking on condition of anonymity, just moments before the truce went into effect.

Earlier, officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting Israel, had said the cease-fire included an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory.
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Let's pray that no one was injured or killed in the absolutely stupid display of shooting guns indiscriminately into the air...
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Never understood shooting a gun into the air as a form of celebration, mostly because I have a good grasp of how gravity works.
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Goddammit!!! Every time I think we're close to a real armageddon and ushering in the end of days, disappointing sh1t like this happens.

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