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Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Palestine had already accepted the plan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
Israel Accepts Egyptian Cease-Fire
A Palestinian woman passes by rescuers inspecting the rubble of destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.    (Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin in the morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work out a long-term truce in the next three days. The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of skepticism," since previous ceasefire plans have quickly collapsed. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the Israeli government. Palestinian officials have already said they accepted the Egyptian proposal. (Read more Israel and Palestinians stories.)

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