Egypt: Gaza cease-fire reached

Egypt: Gaza cease-fire reached

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), is a general view of the scene after a bus exploded with passengers onboard on November 21, 2012 in central Tel Aviv, Israel. At least ten people have been injured in a blast on a bus near military headquarters in what is being described as terrorist attack which threatens to derail ongoing cease-fire negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian authorities. (Photo by GPO via Getty Images)

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by ARIEL DAVID

AP

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

CAIRO -- Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the deal, saying he had agreed after consulting with President Barack Obama.

The deal is to end a week of fighting that has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

Earlier in the day, Israel said a bomb blast hit a bus in Tel Aviv. Thebomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters, wounding at least 10 people, Israeli officials said.

The bus exploded about noon on one of the coastal city's busiest arteries, near the Tel Aviv museum and across from an entrance to Israel's national defense headquarters. The bus was charred and blackened, its side windows blown out and its glass scattered on the asphalt. The wounded were evacuated and blood was splattered on the sidewalk.

An Israeli driver who witnessed the explosion told Army Radio the bus was "completely charred inside." Another witness said there were few passengers on the bus when it exploded. The witnesses spoke to Israeli TV and were not identified.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities were investigating whether the bomb had been planted and left on the bus or whether it was the work of a suicide bomber.

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