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Gaza cease-fire holding as Israel, Palestinians weigh gains after 50 days of fighting

  • Palestinians walk in front of the damage to the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-storey Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians walk in front of the damage to the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-storey Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian youth inspect the damage of Ali Ibn Abi Talib government school after it was hit overnight in an Israeli strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinian youth inspect the damage of Ali Ibn Abi Talib government school after it was hit overnight in an Israeli strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians walk in front of the damage of the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-storey Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians walk in front of the damage of the Italian Complex following several late night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-storey Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

The Gaza war — the 3rd round of fighting since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007 — left more than 2,100 people dead, resulted in widespread destruction of the densely populated coastal territory, and paralyzed large parts of southern Israel during much of the summer.

Early Wednesday the Israeli military said there were no reports of violations since the cease-fire went into effect at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) Tuesday.

Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had deliberately not put the cease-fire issue to a vote in his security Cabinet because of opposition from ministers who wanted to continue the fighting.