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Palestinian negotiators mull over Egyptian proposal for Gaza as clock on cease-fire winds down

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    Displaced Palestinian family members pass their time at the U.N. school where they sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (The Associated Press)

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    A displaced Palestinian female stands on the balcony of the U.N. school where her family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (The Associated Press)

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    Displaced Palestinian children play on the balcony of the U.N. school where their family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (The Associated Press)

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    Intisar al Masri, salvages items from the rubble of her family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (The Associated Press)

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    Palestinians walks next the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (The Associated Press)

Palestinian negotiators are mulling over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Gaza war with Israel, as the clock on the latest 72-hour cease-fire ticks down.

The cease-fire ends at midnight Wednesday (2100 GMT). Since it went into effect Sunday, Israel has halted military operations in the coastal territory and Gaza militants have stopped firing rockets.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to discuss negotiations with the press, a member of the Palestinian delegation to truce talks in Cairo said negotiators are considering an Egyptian proposal tabled Tuesday.

The proposal calls for easing parts of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, bringing relief to the territory. But it leaves the most contentious issues -- including a full lifting of the closures -- for later talks.