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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Israel and Hamas agree to Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to begin at 22:00 GMT Tuesday!

Arabic news sources cite Hamas official Ayman Taha as saying an Egyptian brokered truce is set to be declared in Gaza at 19:00 GMT, and will go into effect at 22:00 GMT. Israel is yet to confirm that such a ceasefire deal has been brokered. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced earlier that the “farce” of Israeli aggression would end on Tuesday.
“The efforts to reach a ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israelis will produce positive results within a few hours," state news agency Mena cited him as saying.
Egypt has played an integral part in ongoing efforts to bring about a cessation of hostilities between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. The potential ceasefire  comes amidst international efforts to prevent a further escalation of violence in the region. UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  after a two-day stopover in Cairo. Netanyahu had early said Israel would be a “willing partner” in cease-fire. He is also scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian officials Ramallah – in the West Bank. US President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East on the same day to aid in the peace efforts. Clinton is set to meet with the Israeli PM in Jerusalem, Palestinian officials in Ramallah and Egyptian leaders in Cairo.

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