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Israel accepts new ceasefire to end month-long Gaza war

Published 04/08/2014 | 22:07

Israeli reserve soldiers are seen on the top of an armored personnel carrier retunring to Israel from Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A brief cease-fire declared by Israel and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, but an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region as Israeli airstrikes resumed late in the day. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli reserve soldiers are seen on the top of an armored personnel carrier retunring to Israel from Gaza Strip, southern Israel
A Palestinian stands amid the rubble of his bedroom in a building destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian women walk upon the debris of a house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian woman reacts as she collects her belongings from her house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike

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.

A Palestinian woman reacts as she collects her belongings from her house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 4, 2014. Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire on Monday by launching a bomb attack on a refugee camp in Gaza City that killed an eight-year-old girl and wounded 29 other people. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
A Palestinian woman reacts as she collects her belongings from her house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike

 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.

Palestinian women walk upon the debris of a house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 4, 2014. Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire on Monday by launching a bomb attack on a refugee camp in Gaza City that killed an eight-year-old girl and wounded 29 other people. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Palestinian women walk upon the debris of a house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

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