At 1:00 a.m. local time on March 13, 2012, an Egyptian-negotiated ceasefire took effect between Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas rocket-launchers had been locked in four days of destructive missile volleys. Israel's Major General Amos Gilad, who ran the talks with the Egyptians, explained the truce as an opportunity to have "quiet in exchange for quiet."
Less than 24 hours after the two sides agreed to a moratorium on violence, a flurry of rockets fired at southern Israeli cities, and airstrikes on a Hamas rocket launcher and smuggling tunnel, disturbed the peace.
The girl above holds on to her teddy bears, if not hopes for peace, as she walks near the site where a rocket fired by Gaza Palestinians landed in the southern city of Ashdod on March 12, 2012.
(Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters)