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Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis

An Israeli soldier (left) hugs a comrade (center) to congratulate him for his birthday at a staging area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border in southern Israel on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers took effect Wednesday night, bringing an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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