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Cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza holds after 11 days of deadly fighting

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At the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, the United States made clear that its "singular focus" during the past 11 days of the Israel-Hamas conflict was to bring about a cease-fire and work with both Israel and the Palestinian leadership to end the fighting.The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield appeared to foreshadow a truce was near on Thursday morning, telling diplomats: "In his most recent call with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday, President Biden communicated that we continue to stand by Israel's right to defend itself, that we believe Israel is now in a position to begin winding down the conflict, and we expect a significant de-escalation to begin."  "The human toll of this violence has been heartbreaking," Thomas-Greenfield said. The vast majority of those unpredictable projectiles have been intercepted by Israel's advanced Iron Dome missile defense system, but the ones that slip through have killed 12 Israelis, including two children.CBS News' team in the southern Israeli town of Be'er Sheva had to join residents of an apartment building as they ducked into a bomb shelter on Wednesday when sirens blared, warning of another salvo of rockets from Gaza."That one was really close": CBS News reporter Haley Ott captured video inside a bomb shelter in southern Israel as rocket interceptions were heard overhead day later, CBS News' producer in Gaza said new airstrikes had again struck buildings in the north of the territory.Israel insists it has been carrying out precision strikes against militant targets and tunnel networks in Gaza, and that it does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.But Hamas officials said on Thursday that more than 100,000 Palestinians had been forced out of their homes by the Israeli strikes in just over a week, as hundreds of residential buildings have been razed or seriously damaged.Israel blames Hamas for the civilian suffering in Gaza, accusing it of hiding amongst the population in the crowded territory.After the cease-fire was finally announced, U.N. Secretary-General Guterres urged the international community to work together on a "robust package of support for a swift, sustainable reconstruction and recovery that supports the Palestinian people and strengthens their institutions," and he called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders "to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict."Moving forward, Guterres said, "I think it will be very important to have a robust program of humanitarian aid and recovery for Gaza.

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