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Tears, gunfire at Palestinian militants' funerals as Israel-Gaza truce takes hold

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Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Bassam al-Ejla during his funeral in Gaza City on March 13, 2012.

Reuters reports from Gaza — An Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip began to take hold on Tuesday after four days of violence in which 25 Palestinians were killed and 200 rockets were fired at Israel.

The number of Palestinian rocket attacks dropped steeply after the ceasefire went into effect overnight. The Israeli military said three rockets had hit, causing no casualties, and that there had been no Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Previous ceasefire deals after earlier rounds of fighting have often got off to a slow start, with guns falling silent within a day or two. Read more.

Relatives of Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Daher mourn during his funeral in Gaza City on March 13, 2012.

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A man fires in the air during the funeral of an Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza City on March 13, 2012.

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Women watch the funeral of Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Daher in Gaza City on March 13, 2012.

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An Israeli elementary school principal, right, holds the remains of a mortar shell before giving it as a gift to President Shimon Peres (not pictured) during his visit to the school's Purim party at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, just outside the northern Gaza Strip, on March 13, 2012.