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      Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire proposal

      JERUSALEM (AP) - A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal to end a monthlong war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

      The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work out a long-term truce in the next three days.

      Palestinian officials have already said they accepted the Egyptian proposal.

      The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of skepticism," since previous cease-fire plans have quickly collapsed.

      He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the Israeli government.

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