Thursday 18 December 2014

Egypt proposes ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

Published 14/07/2014 | 21:19

SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 14:  Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip on July 14, 2014 at the Israeli-Gaza border. Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' has entered a seventh day as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to carry out massive airstrikes across the Gaza Strip with reports suggesting over 166 people have been killed, the majority of whom are civilians. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip today at the Israeli-Gaza border.

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

Relatives of four-year-old Palestinian boy Muayed al-Araj, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike on his family's house, mourn during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Relatives of four-year-old Palestinian boy Muayed al-Araj, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike on his family's house, mourn during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian mourner chants slogans on the grave of a member of the al-Batsh family who were killed in Saturday's Israeli airstrike, during a funeral procession in Gaza City on Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of members of the Al-Batsh family who were killed in an Israeli airstrike, as they walk past the family's damaged houses, during a funeral procession in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians offer their prayers over the grave of a member of the al-Batsh family who were killed in Saturday's Israeli airstrike, during a funeral procession in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians mourn over the grave of a member of the al-Batsh family who were killed in Saturday's Israeli airstrike, during a funeral procession in Gaza City on Sunday, July 13, 2014.. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian stands in the damaged house of Gaza's police chief Taysir al-Batsh after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians look at the damaged house of Gaza's police chief Taysir al-Batsh after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A wounded Israeli woman reacts at the scene of a rocket attack in Ashkelon July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Relatives of four-year-old Palestinian boy Muayed al-Araj, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike on his family's house, mourn over his body during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
The father of four-year-old Palestinian boy Muayed al-Araj, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike on his family's house, carries Muayed's body as he sits on the rubble of his house during Muayed's funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014.
Palestinians, who fled their homes that are adjacent to the border with Israel, walk while others ride a horse cart as they make their way to stay at a United Nations-run school, in the northern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
Palestinians, who fled their homes that are adjacent to the border with Israel, ride a horse cart as they make their way to stay at a United Nations-run school, in the northern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
Palestinians, who fled their homes that are adjacent to the border with Israel, ride a horse cart as they make their way to stay at a United Nations-run school, in the northern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
Palestinians, who fled their homes that are adjacent to the border with Israel, ride a motorised rickshaw as they make their way to stay at a United Nations-run school, in the northern Gaza Strip July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A relative of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A boy related to Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Mourners carry the body of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Relatives of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Relatives of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A relative of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A relative of Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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