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Israel agrees to Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire, official says

Reuters

August 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

<em>Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade embrace after returning to Israel from Gaza on Aug. 4. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters</em>

Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade embrace after returning to Israel from Gaza on Aug. 4. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel agreed on Monday to an Egyptian proposal for a three-day ceasefire in a four-week-old Gaza war, to start at 0500 GMT (9 p.m. PST) on Tuesday, an Israeli official said.

"We agree to begin implementing the Egyptian initiative. If the cease-fire is upheld there will be no need for any presence of (Israeli) forces in the Gaza Strip," said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Israeli media reports said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had reached the decision in a round of phone calls.

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan and Kevin Liffey

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