Israel, Palestinians appear headed for cease-fire in Gaza

Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared headed toward a cease-fire Sunday night after Egyptian officials said both sides agreed to a truce to end a flare-up of violence that has killed dozens of Palestinians.

The cease-fire would end the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas last year. Since Friday night, the violence has killed 43 Palestinians, including 15 children and four women.

Egyptian officials said the truce was set to begin at 11:30 p.m. (2030 GMT; 4:30 p.m. EDT). An Egyptian intelligence official said both sides had agreed to the truce. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the cease-fire talks.

Israel confirmed the cease-fire was set to take hold, but said it would respond if it was violated.