Israel cabinet to meet on Egyptian truce proposal: Senior official

AFP , Monday 14 Jul 2014

Israeli soldiers walk near the border with the central Gaza Strip July 14, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Israel's security cabinet was to meet early Tuesday to discuss Egyptian proposals for a truce in Gaza, a senior official said, as an aerial campaign against Hamas entered its eighth day.

"The security cabinet will meet early tomorrow to study seriously the Egyptian proposals," the official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.

Egypt proposed a ceasefire in the Hamas-Israel conflict to start at 0600 GMT Tuesday, and be followed by talks on easing the flow of goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The proposal late on Monday came as Egyptian state media reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry, a traditional broker in Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, would travel to Egypt to push for a halt to seven days of exchanges that have left 184 Gazans dead.

"0600 GMT has been set for the beginning of the implementation of truce arrangements between the two sides," the text of the proposal said.

Hamas said efforts towards a ceasefire were ongoing, but that no deal had yet been reached.

The latest conflict, whose death toll has exceeded that of a 2012 Gaza flare-up, has killed 186 Palestinians and no Israelis, as Israel rains down air strikes on the Strip and militants have fired hundreds of rockets.

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