Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.
In a major setback to world leaders` efforts to end the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, Israel`s security cabinet late on Friday rejected the Gaza ceasefire proposal put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
A short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza`s battered Shejaiya neighbourhood appeared to have collapsed Sunday as the Israeli army
accused Hamas militants of violating it and said it had "responded accordingly".
Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Monday called on "all parties" to accept an Egyptian proposal to end the raging conflict between Israel and Hamas, after the Palestinian militant group signalled its rejection of the truce.
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday arrived in Cairo to help broker a ceasefire in the violence-stricken Gaza strip by supporting Egyptian-led efforts to strike peace between Israel and the Palestinian militants.