Cairo — Egypt announced a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas effective Wednesday evening. It is intended to come into effect at 19:00 GMT (21:00 local time), the officials say. Similar predictions on Tuesday failed to produce a deal.
By virtue of this agreement, Israel will cease all military activity against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip at 9 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PST) and Palestinian militants will cease rocket attacks into Israel. After 24 hours of quiet, Gaza's border crossings with Israel will be opened further to allow freer movement of goods and people.
The announcement by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed talks in Cairo between Clinton and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.