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U.S. welcomes Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, urges compliance

Reuters

August 26, 2014 | 11:01 am

<em>A Palestinian man walks in front of the remains of a tower building housing offices that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Aug. 25. Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters</em>

A Palestinian man walks in front of the remains of a tower building housing offices that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Aug. 25. Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The United States cautiously welcomes the latest Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and urges both sides to comply with the terms of the agreement, the State Department said on Tuesday.

"We call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms, and hope very much that the ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing.

"We view this as an opportunity, not a certainty," Psaki said. "There is a long road ahead and we're aware of that, and we're going into this eyes wide open," she added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Susan Heavey

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