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AL JAZEERA (Qatar), JERUSALEM POST (Israel)

GAZA - The military wing of Hamas announced that it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, after three days of bloodshed in and around Gaza, reports Al Jazeera.

"In response to the Egyptian efforts to try and stop the aggression on our people, we at Al-Qassam Brigades and all resistance factions declare our commitment to stop this round of confrontation, as long as the occupation (Israel) commits to stopping its crimes," said a statement from Hamas's military wing.

In this latest spate of cross-border violence, Hamas fired over 100 rockets from Gaza into south Israel, while Israeli airstrikes killed eight Palestinians, including three teenagers.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli defense forces (IDF) are concerned the truce, which was finalized late Wednesday night, might not hold because of the involvement of Global Jihad operatives. "Some of the groups are made up of former Islamic Jihad and Hamas members. Others come from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt." The IDF worry that these groups do "not follow Hamas's authority, and would be difficult to rein in to abide by a new ceasefire."

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Searching For Marianna, A Pregnant Doctor From Mariupol Held Captive By The Russians

We’ve heard about the plight of the soldiers-turned-prisoners from Mariupol. Here are some traces of the disturbing fate of a young female doctor who’s been taken away.

A paper dove reads "Mariupol" at a shelter for displaced children in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine.

Paweł Smoleński

"Wait for me, because I will return…"

Marianna Mamonova wrote these words to her family, among the text messages and short phone calls that are the only remaining fragments used to piece together her recent past. We also have a photo of her, posted on Russian websites, where she looks into the lens, gaunt and exhausted, signed with a number like a concentration camp prisoner.

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Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

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