JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel and Hamas say they are seriously considering a cease-fire proposal presented by Egypt.
Egypt's three-step plan would have the cease-fire to go into effect within 12 hours of "unconditional acceptance" by the two sides. A copy of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press says Gaza's border crossings should be opened for people and goods "once the security situation becomes stable." That would be followed by talks in Cairo between the sides within two days.
Hamas' top leader in Gaza confirms there has been "diplomatic movement," while Israel's policy-making Security Cabinet is set to discuss the proposal early Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in the region tomorrow.
Israel launched the offensive a week ago, saying it was a response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza. The Health Ministry in Gaza says 185 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed, and more than 1,000 people wounded.
There have been no Israelis killed, although several have been wounded by rocket shrapnel.
APPHOTO AXLP126: A Palestinian mourner at a mosque kisses the body of Saddam Abu Muamer, 27, who was killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike at a house on the outskirts of the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 14, 2014. Saddam's wife, Hanadi, 27, and his father, Mousa Abu Muamer, 56, were also killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (14 Jul 2014)
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APPHOTO TSA118: Workers of the Israel Electric company take cover as a siren warning of incoming rockets is heard near the Israel and Gaza border, Monday, July 14, 2014. Israel began airstrikes Tuesday against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what it says was a response to heavy rocket fire out of the densely populated territory. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) (14 Jul 2014)
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APPHOTO AXLP139: Palestinians drive by the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli missile strike during the week-long conflict in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (14 Jul 2014)
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