72 hour cese fire


Gaza City (CNN) — Israel and Hamas have accepted a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by Egypt, Israeli government officials and a Hamas official told CNN on Sunday.

The temporary cease-fire would allow for negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry and senior Hamas official Izzat Risheq said.

Egypt is “inviting” both sides to resume a cease-fire at midnight local time tonight (5 p.m. ET Sunday) so that both sides can “use the opportunity” to resume indirect talks in Cairo, as well as to allow for humanitarian help to get to the victims of the fighting, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bader Abdelatty said.

Israel has resisted in-depth talks as long as Gaza rockets continue to head toward its territory.

The rockets have been met with Israeli airstrikes in recent days, dimming hopes of a cease-fire in the Israeli-Gaza conflict that has raged for more than a month.

Israeli negotiators left talks…

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