Israel accepts new ceasefire to end month-long Gaza war
The Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official has said.
The official said a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin next Monday morning.
An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks to work out a long-term truce in the next three days.
The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of scepticism," since previous ceasefire plans have quickly collapsed.
The Islamist group Hamas, the Palestinian faction that dominates the Gaza Strip, has agreed to Egypt's proposal for a 72-hour truce with Israel from Tuesday, a Hamas spokesman said.
"Hamas told Egypt a short while ago of its acceptance of a 72-hour period of calm," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters.