Egypt proposes ceasefire between Israel and Hamas
Egypt is proposing a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.
The Foreign Ministry announced a three-step plan starting with a 12-hour ceasefire by the Israelis and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers that would take effect tomorrow morning. That would be followed by the opening of border crossings and talks in Cairo between the two sides.
The proposal was expected to be discussed at an Arab League meeting of foreign ministers later tonight.
There was no immediate reaction, and so far neither side has shown a willingness to halt hostilities.
Israel is demanding guarantees of an extended period of quiet, while Hamas seeks an easing of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza