Israel accepts Egypt’s proposal to cease-fire
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner
By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: The Israeli security cabinet accepted Tuesday Egypt’s proposal to cease-fire but Hamas responded that they were not been consulted by Cairo, BBC Arabic reported Tuesday.

“The Israeli Cabinet decided to respond positively to the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire starting today Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Tuesday.

Hamas did not receive an official ceasefire proposal, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said and that their demands must be met before they lay down their weapons.

“The initiative was stared to stop the bloodshed of Palestinians as well as halt Israeli aggression,” member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Ahmed el-Megdalany said.

Egypt proposed Monday a ceasefire to end a week of cross-border fire between Gaza Strip and Israel.

The initiative, which urges a ceasefire starting immediately, is supposed to go into effect at 9:00 a.m. local Cairo time and give both sides 12 hours to stop attacks.

Once accepted, the proposal will be followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides.

Arab League Council members held an urgent meeting Monday calling swiftly putting an end to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They warned of the negative effects that could follow the Israeli escalation and the lack of reaction by the international community.

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