Truce holds as talksto find settlement go on
Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30
The five-day ceasefire postpones the threat of a return to hostilities that killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, and 67 people on the Israeli side.
Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk reported on an 11-point Egyptian proposal that including the opening of border crossings, coordination with the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority over the rebuilding of Gaza, the extension of the Gaza fishing zone, and a Palestinian commitment to halt tunnel building into Israel.
Pressure on both sides intensified as the EU offered to take charge of Gaza's border crossings while insisting on a durable cease-fire, sources reported.
However, there was last night reported criticism from the US State Department of Israeli conduct during the fighting.
An Israel government spokesman Mark Regev declined to comment on the story in the Wall Street Journal, which cited unidentified US officials as saying that they were becoming "increasingly disturbed by what they saw as heavy-handed battlefield tactics that they believed risked a humanitarian catastrophe".