Israel "accepts 72-hour truce"

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Added On August 5, 2014

The Israeli government and Palestinian authority have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza.

The truce, which is due to begin at 8am local time on Tuesday, is the latest in series of attempts to pause the conflict. Previous attempts have failed, with each side accusing the other of violations.

Reports say delegates from both sides approved the unconditional truce late on Monday during a round of phone calls.

The negotiations focused on the Palestinian demand to remove the threat to the Gaza Strip, as well as release 56 Hamas prisoners.

Gaza health officials say more than 1,820 Palestinians have been killed and over 10,000 wounded in the four-week conflict, most of them aer civilians.

The truce comes after ten people at a UN-run Gaza school were killed by Israeli shelling on sunday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the act, calling it a "moral outrage", which constitutes a "gross violation of international law".

The incident came just one week after Israeli shells hit a UN shelter killing 16 civilians.