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Egypt proposes ceasefire in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Published on Jul 15, 2014 8:59 AM

GAZA/JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Egypt has proposed a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that would start on Tuesday, ending a week of cross-border warfare, and be followed by talks to prevent further hostilities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the proposed truce, an Israeli official said.

The official appeared to put a positive spin on the Egyptian initiative, saying Hamas had been weakened militarily by Israeli air and sea bombardments.

Hamas's initial reaction was more dismissive. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said the Islamist group had not received an official ceasefire proposal, and he repeated its position that demands it has made must be met before it lays down its weapons.

A girl holds a Palestinian flag during a march in Managua against Israel's military action in Gaza July 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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