Posted: Monday, August 4th 2014 at 7:06pm
Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan
By The Associated Press
AP Photo: 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.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal to end a monthlong war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin at 0500 GMT on Tuesday morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work out a long-term truce in the next three days.
Palestinian officials have already said they accepted the Egyptian proposal.
The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of skepticism," since previous cease-fire plans have quickly collapsed.
He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the Israeli government.
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