Sen. Baldwin says violence will not solve conflict in Gaza

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) The 72-hour ceasefire is still holding between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Thursday Israeli forces were deployed near the Gaza border, as the ceasefire held through its third day.

An Israeli official said Israel is ready to extend the Egyptian-brokered truce under its current terms beyond Friday's deadline.

As of now, the month-long conflict has killed more than 18-hundred Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis.

Thursday we talked with Senator Tammy Baldwin, who believes the solution isn't violence.

"If we want a lasting peace, I truly believe, it is not going to be military action that achieves that lasting peace, it's going to be dialogue and negotiation so to see the military action when they were recently so close is so heartbreaking, but I do hope this ceasefire presents the opportunity to get back to negotiation in order to see a lasting peace in the region," says Senator Baldwin.

Before the three day ceasefire expires Friday, Egyptian mediators are meeting with both sides to find a long-term deal to end to the month-long conflict.

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