Report: Israel, Hamas Mull Humanitarian Ceasefire

reservists marchingIsrael’s Security Cabinet will meet later Friday to discuss an international humanitarian ceasefire proposal that calls for Israel and Hamas to consider possible new Gaza border arrangements, Associated Press reported Friday.

Hamas is seeking assurance that the Israeli and Egyptian governments will open border crossings into the Hamas-controlled strip, according to AP.

BBC reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry plan to hold a news conference regarding the ongoing conflict.

The Israeli military launched targeted air strikes that killed a senior member of the Islamic Jihad militant organization, according to the BBC article.

More than 800 Palestinians and 36 Israeli people have died in the past 18 days of violence between Israel and Hamas, BBC reports.

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