US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Coburg Palais in Vienna on July 14, 2014 after his bilateral meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program
US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Coburg Palais in Vienna on July 14, 2014 after his bilateral meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program © Joe Klamar - AFP/File
US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Coburg Palais in Vienna on July 14, 2014 after his bilateral meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program
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Last updated: July 15, 2014

Kerry urges Hamas to accept ceasefire with Israel

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Hamas to accept Egypt's ceasefire proposal to halt fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

In a brief statement released by the State Department on Tuesday, Kerry welcomed Israel's decision to accept the proposal.

"The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm," Kerry said.

"We welcome the Israeli cabinet’s decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal," he added.

Hamas has thus far refused to accept the Egyptian proposal to end a week of the deadliest violence in Gaza Strip for years, which killed more than 190 Palestinians.

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