Three Hamas officials familiar with the negotiations said that the Egyptians had offered Hamas a series of measures to ease the blockade on Gaza. In exchange, Hamas would have to pledge to halt rocket fire and keep protests along the Israeli border under control.
Hamas, an Islamist terror group that seeks to destroy Israel, has been the de facto ruler of Gaza since seizing control of the territory from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.
Throughout the recent violence, Egyptian military intelligence officials have been working to broker a ceasefire. A delegation of Egyptian mediators and intelligence officialsreportedly met Wednesday night and early Thursday morning with the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip, conveying an Israeli truce offer.