Egyptian official: Israel to agree to ceasefire within days

Israel is expected to agree to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas within days, a senior Egyptian official told the London-based newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat in a report published on Monday. According to the source, Israel will give an "unofficial" acceptance to the agreement only after "the Palestinian factions announce that they accept the deal." "After we announce the ceasefire in Cairo, the sides will be bound to it," the official told the paper. "In addition, Israel will open the border crossings to Gaza in order to allow the transfer of commercial shipments, medicine, fuel, and food." However, the official noted that Rafah Crossing will be opened only on the condition that Israel, Hamas, the European Union, and the Palestinian Authority apply a 2005 agreement which defined the control rights.