15 July 2014, 11:49

Israel has accepted Egypt’s ceasefire initiative for the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government’s press service said in a statement on Monday, July 15.

The ceasefire was due to come into force as of 9:00 am local time (10:00 am Moscow Time) on Monday.

It’s unclear whether Hamas, which currently rules Gaza, consented to the truce.

Tension in the region rose sharply after the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found near the town of Hebron. Two of the boys were aged 16 and the third was aged 19.

On July 8, Israel launched a military operation against Hamas following massive rocket attacks from Gaza.

Palestinian radicals have reportedly fired more than 550 rockets at Israel over the past week.

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