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Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

Palestinians inspect the damage to a house in

Palestinians inspect the damage to a house in the Jebaliya refugee camp that was hit by an Israeli strike that killed several members of the Abu Wahdan family, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Jamila, 55, Hatem, 57, and Sanwara Abu Wahdan, 27, were killed at the house after the extended family of more than 40 people had sought refuge in Jebaliya from shelling elsewhere. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: AP)

(AP) -- Israel and Hamas on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a monthlong war, signaling an end to the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies could finally be approaching.

The sides said a preliminary 72-hour truce was to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Tuesday. Egypt was then set to host indirect talks to work out a long-term truce over the next three...

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