Israel declares ‘mission accomplished’ as troops leave Gaza for cease-fire

More than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza during the conflict
Israel declares 'mission accomplished' as troops leave Gaza for cease-fire

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by CNN | August 5, 2014

Withdrawing its ground forces from Gaza Tuesday for a three-day cease-fire with Hamas, Israel announced that its central goal was achieved.

“Mission accomplished,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter. “We have dismantled the underground terror network built by Hamas to infiltrate and attack Israel.” The military said 32 tunnels were destroyed in the four-week conflict.

The declaration came amid suspicions on both sides over whether the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire will hold.

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