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Egypt pushes both sides for 72-hour cease-fire

August 4, 2014
Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry has urged Israel and the Palestinians to implement a 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza Strip starting Tuesday morning.

In a statement, Egypt said Monday that talks would follow the cease-fire which would take effect at 0500 GMT Tuesday morning.

This is the second cease-fire Egypt has declared. Prior to the Israeli ground incursion, Egypt announced an unconditional cease-fire to be followed by talks in Cairo and the opening of the border crossings.

Israel accepted, but Hamas rejected it saying that it demands international guarantees to lift the blockade, release prisoners and open crossings before a ceasefire.



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