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A Palestinian man stands in the window frames of a destroyed mosque on January 20, 2009 in the southern part of Gaza City, Gaza (GETTY IMAGES)
Israel had withdrawn most of its forces before US President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Tuesday, in a move analysts saw as an attempt not to cloud the start of a new era in a key alliance.
Hamas, announcing a ceasefire on Sunday hours after an Israeli-declared truce went into effect, had demanded Israeli troops quit the territory within a week.
Israeli attacks in a 22-day Gaza offensive killed 1,300 Palestinians and made thousands homeless. Gaza medical officials said the Palestinian dead included at least 700 civilians.
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