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Hamas official: Gaza truce efforts ongoing, no deal yet
Published Monday 14/07/2014 (updated) 15/07/2014 04:22
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billowing from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on
July 10, 2014 (AFP Jack Guez)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Efforts toward a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are underway, but no deal has been reached yet, an official from the Islamist movement said Monday.

"There are efforts and communications on the issue of a truce deal but until now there is nothing final," he said, after Egypt proposed a truce to begin 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The official confirmed Egypt was mediating discussions of a ceasefire to end seven days of violence that has killed at least 184 Palestinians and seen hundreds of rockets fired into Israel.

"Efforts are being made by various parties, particularly the Egyptians, but in a weak manner," he added.

Egypt late Monday proposed a truce that would begin on Tuesday morning, when US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Cairo, according to Egyptian media, to push for an end to hostilities.

"0600 GMT (9 a.m. Jerusalem time) has been set for the beginning of the implementation of truce arrangements between the two sides," the text of the Egyptian proposal said.

The ceasefire would be followed by talks on easing the flow of goods into Gaza, which has been subject to an Israeli blockade for years.

There was no immediate comment from Israel on the Egyptian proposal.
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