Israel accepts new proposed 72-hour cease-fire
Palestinian boy looks at damaged graves at a cemetery hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza City - AP
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: Israel has accepted a new Gaza cease-fire proposed by Egyptian mediators and will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday if the truce holds, Israeli officials said according to Reuters Sunday. 

Reuters added that Egypt had called on Israel and the Palestinians to commit to a new cease-fire that is supposed to start at 0900 GMT and be in effect for 72 hours. A previous 3-day cease-fire expired on Friday and fighting in the month-old war resumed.

Sky News Arabia reported Sunday, quoting sources inside the delegation, that the Palestinian cease-fire delegation in Cairo had agreed to the Egyptian proposal of a 72-hour truce and will remain in Egypt until a permanent peace agreement is reached.

An urgent meeting by the Arab League is supposed to be held Monday with the participation of the Palestinian delegation, Sky News added

Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Ben Helli said in a statements Sunday that the Palestinian delegation will give a detailed report in front of the league about the latest escalations in Gaza.

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior published a statement on its official Facebook page Sunday calling on both the Palestinian and Israeli parties to observe the cease-fire, “which will give humanitarian aid a chance to reach Gaza.” The statement also said the ministry was optimistic the 72-hour cease-fire could lead to the end of the latest Gaza-Israel war.

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