Israel has accepted a Egyptian proposal for a truce in the conflict in Gaza.
But the armed wing of Hamas, which controls Gaza, has said it rejects it as a “surrender”.
The initiative urges a ceasefire starting imminently, followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides.
Palestinian officials say at least 189 people have been killed by Israeli air strikes launched eight days ago to stop militants firing rockets into Israel.
The UN estimates that over three-quarters of these were civilians.