Egypt: Gaza cease-fire reached

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:47 p.m.
People stand inside the gutted live studios of Al-Jazeera in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a top Cairo security chief who tried to negotiate an end of protests after three days of violence in central Cairo. The protesters attacked Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Live studio overlooking Tahrir square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs leaving it gutted by fire hours later. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)
People stand inside the gutted live studios of Al-Jazeera in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a top Cairo security chief who tried to negotiate an end of protests after three days of violence in central Cairo. The protesters attacked Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Live studio overlooking Tahrir square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs leaving it gutted by fire hours later. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)

CAIRO — Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the deal, saying he had agreed after consulting with President Barack Obama.

The deal is to end a week of fighting that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

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