Israel, Hamas Weigh Cairo Offer As Deadline Looms

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August 13, 2014 AT 12:55 PM
Egyptian mediators raced Wednesday to pin down a long-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to prevent more fighting in the Gaza war when the current truce expires at midnight. The two sides considered an Egyptian proposal that partially addresses their demands, but deep differences kept the deal in doubt. Two hours before the cease-fire's end, Israeli police said a rocket landed in southern Israel, though it hit an open area and caused no damage. Hamas denied responsibility for the rocket attack and signaled it was open to extending the 72-hour cease-fire, which began Sunday, to allow for more time to negotiate.