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Gaza-Israel truce to be announced Tuesday evening: Sources

Ceasefire deal between Gaza-based resistance and Israel will be announced Tuesday evening in Cairo, say Palestinian sources

Ahram Online, Tuesday 20 Nov 2012
Gaza truce to be declared in Cairo tonight: Hamas
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire on the National Islamic Bank, destroyed overnight in an Israeli strike, in Gaza City Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 (Photo: AP)
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Informed Palestinian sources have told Al Jazeera that a ceasefire agreement between Gaza-based resistance groups and Israel would be announced Tuesday evening in Cairo.

The agreement reportedly calls for an immediate halt to all hostilities.

Egypt, the sources said, was prepared to guarantee the terms of the agreement.

The ceasefire deal is expected to be announced at a joint press conference Tuesday evening held by representatives of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Egypt.

The announcement came hours after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi stated that Israel's latest aggression on Gaza would "end" on Tuesday.

Morsi also asserted that Egyptian mediation efforts would produce "positive results" within "hours."

Israel, for its part, has refused to comment on the Egyptian president's statements.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, for its part, has said the agreement had already been signed by both sides.

On Tuesday evening, however, Reuters quoted an Israeli government spokesman as saying that a ceasefire deal had yet to be finalised. "The ball is still in play," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

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