Egypt: Gaza Cease-Fire Reached

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
FILE - In this Saturday, July 14, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt has asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could

FILE - In this Saturday, July 14, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt has asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could "escalate out of control." Egypt's Foreign Ministry says in a statement released Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 that Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton late the night before, asking for "immediate U.S. intervention to stop the Israeli aggression." (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the deal, saying he had agreed after consulting with President Barack Obama.

The deal is to end a week of fighting that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.


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