Egypt proposes Israel-Gaza ceasefire


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

The initiative urges a ceasefire starting imminently followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides.

However an official from Hamas, which controls Gaza, said a full deal would have to come first, before a ceasefire.

Israeli officials said PM Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet would discuss the proposal early on Tuesday.

Palestinian officials say at least 185 people in Gaza have been killed by Israeli air strikes since the offensive began last Tuesday. The UN estimates that over three-quarters of these were civilians.

Israel says nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza in that time. No Israelis have been killed although several have been injured.

Source : BBC

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