Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

Palestinians walk through the rubble of damaged houses minutes after they were hit in an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants made some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. More than 630 Palestinians and about 30 Israelis have been killed in the violence. Credit: AP Photo/Khalilby Hamra
Palestinians walk through the rubble of damaged houses minutes after they were hit in an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants made some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. More than 630 Palestinians and about 30 Israelis have been killed in the violence. Credit: AP Photo/Khalilby Hamra

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators are mulling over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Gaza war with Israel, as the clock on the latest 72-hour cease-fire ticks down.

The cease-fire ends at midnight local time today. Since it went into effect Sunday, Israel has halted military operations in the coastal territory and Gaza militants have stopped firing rockets.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to discuss negotiations with the press, a member of the Palestinian delegation to truce talks in Cairo says negotiators are considering an Egyptian proposal tabled Tuesday.

The proposal calls for easing parts of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, bringing relief to the territory. But it leaves the most contentious issues — including a full lifting of the closures — for later talks.

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