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An elderly Palestinian man makes his way on the rubble of a destroyed house following Israeli strikes in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (Khalil Hamra)

A Palestinian woman passes by rescuers inspecting the rubble of destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (Khalil Hamra)

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of Najam family members who were killed overnight during their funeral in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Monday Aug. 4, 2014. Seven family members were killed in an Israeli missile strike on the Najam family home Sunday night and many more were wounded, a Gaza health ministry official said. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) (Dusan Vranic)

Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl, at the Kuwaiti hospital at Rafah refugee camp, in southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (Khalil Hamra)

An Israeli drone circles over Gaza City on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) (Dusan Vranic)

An Israeli solder looks on the site near the Israeli Gaza border, where a man was injured from a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) (Tsafrir Abayov)

Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An Israeli-declared cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) (Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli solders and police at the site near the Israeli Gaza border, were a man was injured from a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) (Tsafrir Abayov)

A damaged bus flipped over after attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An Israeli-declared cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) (Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli medics inspect a body at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An Israeli-declared cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) (Sebastian Scheiner)
Egypt pushes both sides for 72-hour cease-fire
Egypt urges Israel, Palestinians to establish 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza Strip

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:50 a.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has urged Israel and the Palestinians to implement a 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza Strip starting Tuesday morning.

In a statement, Egypt said Monday that talks would follow the cease-fire which would take effect at 0500 GMT Tuesday morning.

This is the second cease-fire Egypt has declared. Prior to the Israeli ground incursion, Egypt announced an unconditional cease-fire to be followed by talks in Cairo and the opening of the border crossings.

Israel accepted, but Hamas rejected it saying that it demands international guarantees to lift the blockade, release prisoners and open crossings before a ceasefire.