Israel approves Egyptian-proposed truce, Hamas considering

Published 15.07.2014 00:00
Updated 15.07.2014 11:59
Israel approves Egyptian-proposed truce, Hamas considering

Israel approved the Egyptian-proposed Gaza truce on Tuesday, minutes before it was to come into effect at 0600 GMT, Israeli officials said.

While a senior leader said that Hamas is still considering the ceasefire proposal, no official stance was announced yet.

Israel said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had convened to vote on the deal at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

For a week, Israel has waged a crippling air blitz against the Gaza Strip-dubbed "Operation Protective Edge"-with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

Since last Monday, Israeli warplanes have struck more than a thousand targets across the besieged enclave, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians killing more than 190 people.

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