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Egypt's foreign minister has announced that a ceasefire in Gaza will begin at 19:00 GMT Wednesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that a deal had been reached.

Earlier, Israeli sources said the siege of Gaza will not be lifted despite the truce, Al Jazeera reported.­

Rumors about an imminent truce have been circulating in the media for a while.

On Tuesday, Hamas official Ayman Taha announced that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was to be declared in Gaza at 19:00 GMT and would go into effect at 22:00 GMT the same night. Shortly after the announcement, Israel said a ceasefire deal was yet to be finalized.

Also on Tuesday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi expressed certainty that Gaza and Israel would shortly reach a ceasefire, but did not elaborate on the matter.