GAZA CITY – According to several reports, Israel announced a 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting first thing Saturday morning.
This comes just hours after Israel’s Security Cabinet rejected Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire plan on Friday that called for a week-long truce in the deadly conflict.
“Let’s make that clear,” Kerry told reporters in Cairo. “There is always mischief from people who oppose certain things, and I consider this one of those mischievous things.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined Kerry in efforts to reach a deal.
He called for a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, with the hope that it can be extended to seven days.
“Surely now, the parties must realize it is time for them to act,” Ban said.
“My hope is that the 12 hours will be extended, perhaps to 24, and people will draw from that the good will and effort to find a solution,” said Kerry, adding that he will travel to Paris on Saturday and continue to push for a deal.