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Kerry urges Hamas to accept ceasefire with Israel

AFP | Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 16:36

Gaza City: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to accept Egypt`s ceasefire proposal to halt fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

In a brief statement released by the State Department on Tuesday, Kerry welcomed Israel`s decision to accept the proposal.

"The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm," Kerry said.

"We welcome the Israeli cabinet`s decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal," he added.

Hamas has thus far refused to accept the Egyptian proposal to end a week of the deadliest violence in Gaza Strip for years, which killed more than 190 Palestinians.

First Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 16:36

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