WASHINGTON -- Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional ceasefire that will begin Friday morning, the United States and United Nations announced.
The humanitarian ceasefire will give "innocent civilians a much needed reprieve from violence," according to a joint statement by from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.
"During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies," the statement said.
The statement said that Israeli and Palestinian delegations will be traveling to Cairo to attempt to negotiate a more "durable" agreement.
The current conflict between Hamas militants and Israel began July 8. More than 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza and more than 50 Israelis have died.