Middle East

Egypt calls for new Gaza truce from 21:01 GMT Sunday

Palestinian boys look at the rubble of al-Qassam mosque, hit by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday, as they stand in the bedroom of their destroyed family house in Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

CAIRO: Egypt, which is mediating a new Gaza truce between Israel and the Palestinians, called on the warring parties to begin observing a 72-hour ceasefire effective from 21:01 GMT Sunday.

"As the events continue to escalate in the Gaza Strip, and given the necessity to protect innocent blood, Egypt calls on both sides, Israelis and Palestinians, to commit to a 72-hour ceasefire effective Monday 00:01 Cairo time (21:01 GMT Sunday) ... and during this time work to reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire," a foreign ministry statement said.





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