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Israel Accepts 72-Hour Egyptian Cease-Fire

An Israeli Merkava convoy is seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 18, 2014, as they prepare to take part in the ground assault on Gaza. Israel warned it could broaden a Gaza ground assault aimed at smashing Hamas's network of cross-border tunnels, as it intensified an operation that has so far killed 274 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO /MENAHEM KAHANA MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

JERUSALEM (AP) — 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 0500 GMT on Tuesday morning. 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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