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Israel accepts cease-fire to end Gaza conflict

By The Associated Press
Published: July 14, 2014 Updated: July 15, 2014 at 05:45 AM
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Palestinian man walks next to a destroyed house following an overnight Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. Since the latest bout of fighting began last Tuesday, militants have fired nearly 1,000 rockets at Israel, causing some injuries and damage to property, but no fatalities among Israelis. By contrast, 172 Palestinians have died as a result of Israel’s air attacks.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire to end a week of conflict with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has killed 185 Palestinians and exposed millions of Israelis to Hamas rocket fire.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Cabinet met on Tuesday morning and accepted the proposal, which went into effect at 9 a.m.

It calls for a cease-fire to begin within 12 hours of “unconditional acceptance” by the sides, followed by the opening of Gaza’s border crossings and talks in Cairo within two days.

Hamas has acknowledged “diplomatic movement” on ending the conflict without yet formally accepting the proposal.

Israel launched the offensive last Tuesday, saying it was responding to weeks of rocket fire out of the Hamas-ruled territory.