Israeli PM sends deputy defense minister packing

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Published 15.07.2014 21:51
Updated 16.07.2014 13:21
Israeli PM sends deputy defense minister packing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday.

Israeli Channel 7 linked the move to Danon's recent criticisms of Netanyahu's policies.

Danon had criticized a decision by Israel's security cabinet to accept an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt had earlier proposed a ceasefire between Gaza-based resistance factions and Israel, to come into effect at 6am GMT on Tuesday.

While Israel's security cabinet accepted the proposal, deputy Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq said his group was still mulling the initiative after having initially rejected it.

Cairo's initiative calls on Israel to cease all hostilities in the Gaza Strip, halt all ground operations and refrain from targeting civilians, according to an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement.

It also calls on Palestinian resistance factions to cease hostilities against Israel, halt rocket fire and cross-border attacks and stop targeting civilians.

The overture further calls for reopening Gaza's closed border crossings and facilitating the movement of persons and goods in and out of the embattled coastal strip.

At least 194 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1400 injured in unrelenting Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since Monday of last week.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to ongoing Israeli bombardments.

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