UPDATE — 3:15 a.m. ET: Hamas rejected Egypt’s proposal for a cease-fire, moments after Israel accepted it:
Hamas rejects Egypt's proposal for cease-fire with Israel, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri says 'this proposal is not acceptable' – @AP
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire to end a week of conflict with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has killed 185 Palestinians and exposed millions of Israelis to Hamas rocket fire.
The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Cabinet met on Tuesday morning and accepted the proposal, which went into effect at 9 a.m.
It calls for a cease-fire to begin within 12 hours of “unconditional acceptance” by the sides, followed by the opening of Gaza’s border crossings and talks in Cairo within two days.
Hamas has acknowledged “diplomatic movement” on ending the conflict without yet formally accepting the proposal.
Israel launched the offensive last Tuesday, saying it was responding to weeks of rocket fire out of the Hamas-ruled territory.