State Department expresses support for Gaza ceasefire

The United States is expressing strong support for a proposed 72-hour cease-fire in the month-long war between Israel and Hamas.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urges both parties to respect a break in hostilities that have killed nearly 2,000 people.

Israel and Hamas accepted the ceasefire that is set to begin in less than three hours, at 8 a.m..

Psaki says the United States has been steadfast in demanding an end to rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and an end to the suffering of the people of Gaza.

She commends the government of Egypt for its role in trying to end the violence.

Psaki says the United States will continue to work with other countries to try to produce a durable solution for the long term.

— AP contirbuted

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