WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — The Israel Defense Forces have declared their “mission accomplished” as they withdraw their ground forces on Tuesday for a three-day cease-fire in Gaza.

“Mission accomplished,” the Israel Defense Forces posted to Twitter. “We have dismantled the underground terror network built by Hamas to infiltrate and attack Israel.” The official IDF account said that 32 tunnels were destroyed during the nearly month-long conflict in Gaza.

Israeli officials stated that 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians died as a result of the recent fighting, while more than 1,900 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The United Nations has estimated that nearly 70 percent of the Palestinians killed in the past four weeks were civilians.

“We have no forces within Gaza,” Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN Tuesday.

“From 8:00 AM today we will implement a 72-hour cease-fire. During this time, we will maintain defensive positions near the Gaza border,” the IDF posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

The military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, told CNN that it launched “a barrage of rockets” at Israeli targets as a response to “Israeli crimes.”


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