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New 72-hour Gaza ceasefire agreed, says Palestinian official

Israel also accepts proposal for truce, will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday

New 72-hour Gaza ceasefire agreed, says Palestinian official
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A Palestinian official said on Sunday agreement had been reached on a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire.

Israeli officials later said they have also accepted a ceasefire proposed by Egyptian mediators and will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday if the truce holds.

Egypt had called on Israel and the Palestinians to commit to a new ceasefire that would start at midnight (9pm GMT) and be in effect for 72 hours. A previous three-day pause expired on Friday and fighting in a month-old war resumed.

"The Israeli and the Palestinian sides have agreed to the new 72-hour truce to begin serious negotiations leading to a durable ceasefire," said the Palestinian official, who is close to Egyptian-mediated talks.

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