Gaza cease-fire holding as Egyptian mediators consult Hamas

On Saturday a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip held as officials said Egyptian mediators conferred with the sides on securing longer-term calm.

The cease-fire began before dawn on Friday, ending 11 days of cross-border shelling exchanges that caused fresh devastation in Gaza, shook up Israel and raised international concern about a slide into wider regional conflict.

Egypt, which mediated the halt to the fighting with US support, sent a delegation to Israel at around noon on Friday to discuss ways of firming up the cease-fire, including with aid for Palestinians in Gaza, Hamas officials said.