Israel will suspend military action in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a short visit to the Palestinian territory by Egypt's prime minister, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
In an unprecedented display of solidarity with Hamas, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil will spend three hours in the enclave.
Sources said he would explore the possibility of brokering a ceasefire amid news that Israel was calling up thousands of reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion.
Netanyahu agreed to an Egyptian request to "cease all offensive operations" during the visit, a senior government official said, on the condition Hamas held its fire.
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