The truce will begin at 8am on Friday, local time, after which delegations from Israel and Palestine will convene in Cairo for negotiations to be mediated by the Egyptian government.
In a joint statement, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and US secretary of state John Kerry said the ceasefire would give “innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence”. The pause would allow Gaza’s civilians to “bury the dead, care for the injured, and restock food supplies”, they said. Repairs would also be made to water and power infrastructure damaged in the 24 days of conflict.
Israel also is reportedly restocking ammo with the help of a large buy of munitions from the U.S.A. according to CNN today.