Israel confirms Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire - official

Jerusalem - Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.

"Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire. Israel accepted already the Egyptian proposal on 15 July. Israel has always supported an unconditional, open-ended ceasefire," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official offered no further details.

Egyptian and Palestinian officials said the truce was to take effect at 19:00 (16:00 GMT).

In a later development Israel has agreed to open its borders with Gaza to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into the Palestinian enclave, Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians on other issues will also be resumed.

"Indirect talks between the two parties over other issues will resume within one month from the start of the ceasefire..."