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Palestinian Factions Agree to Continue Truce


Palestinian factions have agreed to extend an open-ended truce with Israel in exchange for a halt to Israeli attacks and the release of prisoners.

The Palestinian groups made the decision Thursday, following a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt. In a statement, the groups said continuation of the cease-fire depends on Israel's commitment to halt all assaults against Palestinians.

Mr. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared a cease-fire at a February 8 summit meeting in Egypt. Mr. Abbas met with Palestinian militants in Cairo to persuade them to join the cease-fire.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Palestinians must disarm and dismantle the militant groups, in addition to agreeing to a cease-fire.

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