A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will take effect at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) today, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Israeli-Hamas cease-fire should "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel," Clinton said.
The upsurge in violence began eight days ago. Hamas has been firing hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel, and Israel has launched repeated airstrikes into Gaza.
At least 142 people have died in Gaza since the Israeli airstrikes began, according to the Ministry of the Interior in Gaza. Another 1,180 have been injured, the ministry said. In Israel, five people have died and 94 have been wounded, according to authorities.
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