August 5, 2014 / 4:32 AM / 4 years ago

Israeli ground forces to quit Gaza ahead of truce

An Israeli military tank returns to a staging area in Israel after leaving Gaza August 3, 2014.REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli ground forces will completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip ahead of an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire set to begin at 0500 GMT, a military spokesman said.

“The Israel Defence Forces will be redeployed in defensive positions outside the Gaza Strip and we will maintain those defensive positions,” Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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