Israel, Palestinians OK New 72-Hour Ceasefire

Egyptian deal gets thumbs up from negotiators in Cairo

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 10, 2014 7:39 AM CDT | Updated Aug 10, 2014 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Palestinian negotiators in Cairo today accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new, three-day ceasefire, and Israel approved the deal hours later in a decision that aims to clear the way for renewed negotiations on a long-term truce arrangement in the Gaza Strip. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But after the three-day window, militants resumed rocket fire on Israel and new fighting erupted. Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they accepted Egypt's latest offer Sunday. But they said they were wary after last week's breakdown. Israel had walked away from negotiations over the weekend after rocket fire resumed, saying it would not negotiate under fire. An Israeli airstrike yesterday killed a senior Hamas official.

Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from...
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after...   (Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians remove the body from under the rubble of al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Palestinians remove the body from under the rubble of al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (Dusan Vranic)
Palestinians try to salvage religion books from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Palestinians try to salvage religion books from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (Dusan Vranic)
Palestinians carry religion books they salvaged from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Palestinians carry religion books they salvaged from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (Dusan Vranic)
A Palestinian boy carries religion books he salvaged from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
A Palestinian boy carries religion books he salvaged from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-banna mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014....   (Dusan Vranic)
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