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Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire proposal, clearing way for resumption of talks

A man stands amidst the damage from a rocket fired from Gaza which landed in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city of Kiryat Gat, Israel, on July 31, 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Tsafrir Abayov

Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants.

The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting.

Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But after the three-day window, militants resumed rocket fire on Israel and new fighting erupted.

The Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said they accepted Egypt’s latest offer Sunday. But they said they were wary after last week’s breakdown.