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Christian lawyer confident Gaza peace will hold

More than two thousand Palestinians and 70 Israelis have been killed in the conflict in Gaza.

Further talks - aimed at securing a permanent peace deal - will take place in Cairo in a month's time.

Thousands of Gazans are beginning to return to their homes to assess the damage of the war which was one of the bloodiest on record.

Palestinians inspect a destroyed house in Beit Hanoun, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling.

The World Food Programme's been able to get an aid convoy through an Egyptian border crossing into Gaza for the first time since 2007.

International lawyer and church consultant Dr Harry Hagopian told Premier's News Hour he's positive the truce will hold.

He said: "Both of them were becoming war weary and wanted to find a way out and I think at long last after very bloody battles I think we're finally at a stage where we might see a truce holding to allow the politicians to do their work."

Hamas has said the ceasefire is a "victory for the resistance" whilst Israel has criticised the group saying the same deal was available a month ago.

Several religious leaders have urged peace during the conflict including Pope Francis who said 'I ask you with all my heart, stop please' in July.

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