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Cease-fire sets stage for Gaza truce talks

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GAZA CITY — Israel said it withdrew the last of its ground forces from Gaza today as it and Hamas began a temporary cease-fire. The calm sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal for a long-term truce and the rebuilding of the battered, blockaded coastal territory.

Both sides halted cross-border attacks as the three-day truce took effect at 8 a.m. today. The shelling stopped and in Gaza City, where streets had been deserted during the war, traffic picked up and shops started opening.

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