Israel to mull on Egypt`s Gaza truce proposal today
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: As Israel continued air strikes against Gaza for the seventh day, Israel`s security cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss truce between the two countries proposed by Egypt.
Meanwhile Hamas has rejected the idea of ceasefire and said that the group will not accept truce unless a proper deal is reached upon to end the crisis from both sides, the AFP reported.
"In times of war, you don`t cease fire and then negotiate," he told AFP.
He said Hamas had not received any official proposal, and that even an Israeli cessation of hostilities "on one side" would have "no value" after the damage it has wreaked in Gaza, the report stated.
The discussion will take place when US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in the country tin a bid to end the ongoing crisis.
The US had earlier warned Israeli against a ground invasion of Gaza.
Meanwhile, the violence witnessed increasing number of casualties with the death toll in Gaza reaching 184, higher than the clashes between Israel and Hamas in 2012.
Israel began Operation Protective Edge before dawn on Tuesday in an attempt to halt cross-border rocket fire by militant groups.
Since then, more than 800 rockets have hit Israel, while some 187 others have been intercepted by its Iron Dome air defence system, the army said.
Israel`s Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012 was also an attempt to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza militants. It left 177 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.
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