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Egypt proposes Israel-Gaza ceasefire

Egypt has proposed a ceasefire to end a week of fighting between Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt's state media report the Egyptian government presented a ceasefire plan on Monday that urges both sides to halt all attacks at 9 AM local time on Tuesday.

The Egyptian government also proposed a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides once a stop to fighting is confirmed. The delegates are expected to discuss a long-term truce.

The Israeli military has carried out airstrikes on 1,500 targets, including Hamas's arsenals, in Gaza for 7 days through Monday. 170 Palestinians, including civilians, have been killed.
Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2012 after Israel carried out massive airstrikes on Gaza.

The country has been trying to mediate a truce to end the latest bloodshed.

Israel is set to convene a meeting of its security cabinet on Tuesday morning to discuss the Egyptian proposal.

Hamas has not yet shown any reaction.

Jul. 15, 2014 - Updated 00:25 UTC