However, the military was asked to continue its assault on Hamas targets in Gaza after a brief lull on Wednesday to allow food and fuel to reach civilians. The Israeli offensive has now stretched on for 12 days. Israel said it needs guarantees that any cease-fire will halt Hamas rocket fire.
Hamas demands that Gaza's borders be opened. Despite the reservations, the truce proposal could mark the first sign of a possible exit from 12 days of fighting in Gaza. At least 688 Palestinians have been killed since December 27, including 350 civilians.&13;
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)