Egypt denies asking Gaza terrorists to hold fire

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry denied reports that it had requested that Hamas hold its fire, saying it was a completely false claim, Army Radio reported on Monday afternoon. Earlier on Monday, senior Hamas official Ayman Taha said that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had stopped launching rockets at Israel as they were observing a 24-hour cease-fire at the request of Egypt. According to Taha, the brief ceasefire went into effect on Sunday evening.