GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian official said on Sunday agreement had been reached on a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire.
There was no immediate confirmation from Israel or Hamas, the dominant movement in the Gaza Strip, that a truce had been agreed.
"The Israeli and the Palestinian sides have agreed to the new 72-hour truce to begin serious negotiations leading to a durable ceasefire,” said the official, who is close to Egyptian-mediated talks. He said an Israeli delegation, which left Cairo before a previous three-day truce expired on Friday, would return there before midnight (2200 BST), and that a ceasefire could begin at that time.
(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Jeffrey Heller)