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Israel & Hezbollah Approve Middle East Cease-Fire


Israeli Cabinet Approves Middle East Cease-Fire

24-0 vote comes a day after Lebanon approval; truce to take effect Monday.
The Associated Press
Sunday 13 August 2006

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Jerusalem - Israel's Cabinet approved the U.N. cease-fire plan Sunday, clearing a key hurdle to ending the month long Middle East war.

The 24-0 vote, with one abstention, came a day after the Lebanese government approved the agreement. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave his grudging consent but warned "the war has not ended."

The truce was to take effect on Monday morning, but the potential for new flareups remained high.

The vote came as some 30,000 Israeli troops fought heavy battles with Hezbollah guerrillas in a last-minute push deeper into Lebanon, and a day after 24 soldiers were killed in the highest Israeli toll of the monthlong war.

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