JERUSALEM, Aug 1 (Xinhua) -- Israel confirmed Friday it has accepted a proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas, which starts at 0500 GMT.
"Israel has accepted the U.S./UN proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time)," a senior Israeli official said on condition of anonymity.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning Friday, during which time Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo on a durable truce.
"This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, August 1, 2014," said a Ban-Kerry joint statement read out to the press here by Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
"It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended. During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place."