GAZA/RAMALLAH, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Egypt is exerting intensive efforts to stop the deadly exchange of fire between Israel and militants led by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources told Xinhua on Sunday.
Egyptian security officials have been in contact with PIJ leaders and Israelis in an attempt to reach a ceasefire between the two sides, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
Egypt is expected to announce a cease-fire at 8 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) and the truce may come into effect at 10 p.m., they added.
The ceasefire agreement, if reached, will include an Egyptian follow-up of the cases of the Palestinian prisoners in Israel, mainly Bassam al-Saadi, a PIJ senior leader who was arrested last week from home in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye told a news briefing in the West Bank city of Ramallah that President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed the Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour to call for an emergency session at the UN Security Council to stop the tension in Gaza.
At least 36 Palestinians, including 11 children and four women, have been killed, and 311 injured since Israel began an offensive on the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to a statement released by the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza on Sunday evening.
Israeli media reports said at least eight Israelis were injured by rockets fired by PIJ militants from Gaza into southern Israel.