Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

BY newsdesk  August 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM EST
Palestinians stand in a room of their house whose facade was destroyed overnight by Israeli airstrikes on Aug. 26 in Gaza City. Israel and Hamas reportedly have agreed to a cease-fire. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians stand in a room of their house whose facade was destroyed overnight by Israeli airstrikes on Aug. 26 in Gaza City. Israel and Hamas reportedly have agreed to a cease-fire. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian state television announced Tuesday that Israel and Hamas will enter a cease-fire at 7 p.m. local time (noon EDT), ending a seven-week Gaza war that has left more than 2,200 people dead.

Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad called it an “open-ended” cease-fire that included an easing of Israel’s blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies.

An Israeli official said Israel “responded positively” to Egypt’s call for a cease-fire and confirmed the easing of the blockade.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said indirect talks on more substantive issues would begin in Cairo within a month.

We’ll have more on the developments on Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour.