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Egypt proposes ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

Published 14/07/2014 | 21:19

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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.

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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. The strike hit the home of Gaza police chief Taysir al-Batsh and damaged a nearby mosque as evening prayers ended Saturday, killing at least 18 people, wounding 50 and leaving some people believed to be trapped under the rubble, said Palestinian Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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)
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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. The Israeli air strike on the family home of Al-Batsh, Gaza's police chief, killed 18 people on Saturday, Gaza's health ministry said, and Hamas fired the largest salvo of rockets yet on Tel Aviv since the start of the Jewish state's offensive in the Palestinian enclave. The strike on the home of Al-Batsh in Gaza City was the deadliest bombing since Israel launched its offensive on Tuesday to end Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. 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. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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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