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A Palestinian boy plays with a Hamas flag on January 29, 2009 in a street of Gaza city. US envoy George Mitchell called for a durable truce in Gaza as spiralling violence threatened to shatter ceasefires that ended a devastating war in the Hamas-run enclave. By Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Images.

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