Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire proposal

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis). Palestinians inspect the damage to a house in the Jebaliya refugee camp that was hit by an Israeli strike that killed several members of the Abu Wahdan family, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
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A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal to end a monthlong war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work out a long-term truce in the next three days.
Palestinian officials have already said they accepted the Egyptian proposal.
The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of skepticism," since previous cease-fire plans have quickly collapsed.
He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the Israeli government.

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