An Israeli soldier prepares a Merkava tank at an army deployment along the border between Israel and Gaza July 29, 2014. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
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The Palestinian leadership, along with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are willing to observe a 24-hour cease-fire in the war-torn Gaza Strip, a senior PLO official said Tuesday.The Palestinian leadership was also considering "positively" a U.N. call for a 72-hour halt to the fighting, he said.An earlier U.N. call for an extended cease-fire Saturday was accepted by Israel but snubbed by Hamas, although it belatedly declared its willingness to halt its fire in a move which never got off the ground.The announcement confirmed remarks to AFP by a senior Palestinian official, in which he said Abbas would visit Cairo with Hamas and Jihad representatives for fresh talks with the Egyptians on ending 22 days of violence in and around Gaza.
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