“President Mohamed Mursi announced that the farce of Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip will end on Tuesday,” Egyptian state news agency MENA said, quoting public remarks made by the country’s head of state after the funeral of his sister, Reuters reported.
“The efforts to conclude a truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides will produce positive results in the next few hours,” he was quoted as saying. Egypt has been trying to mediate a truce to end the conflict.
Mursi was speaking in Zagazig, a town North of Cairo in the Nile Delta. The MENA story did not provide a direct quote.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil told Reuters on Monday a ceasefire could be close.
Over 115 Palestinians have been killed and more than 900 others injured in the new wave of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since Wednesday.
Israel triggered the new round of its assaults against Gazans by assassinating the military chief of the ruling Hamas group on Wednesday followed by dozens of airstrikes on Gaza.