Kerry urges Hamas to accept ceasefire with Israel

AFP , Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the hotel where closed-door nuclear talks on Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Monday, 14 July, 2014. (Photo:AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to accept Egypt's ceasefire proposal to halt fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

In a brief statement released by the State Department on Tuesday, Kerry welcomed Israel's decision to accept the proposal.

"The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm," Kerry said.

"We welcome the Israeli cabinet's decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal," he added.

Hamas has thus far refused to accept the Egyptian proposal as they were excluded to end a week of the deadliest violence in Gaza Strip for years, which killed more than 190 Palestinians.

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