Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday (November 16) the military will stop offensive action in Gaza during a visit by the Egyptian Prime Minister.
Hisham Kandil, is to visit Gaza on Friday with other Egyptian officials in a show of support for the enclave, an Egyptian Cabinet official said.
The visit marks marks an unprecedented display of solidarity with Hamas militants embroiled in a new escalation of conflict with Israel that risks spiralling into all-out war.
On Friday morning, Israeli warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza City, rattling tall buildings.
In a hint of escalation, the spokesman for Israel's military said it had received the green light to call in up to 30,000 reserve troops.
Two days of Israeli air strikes have killed 19 Palestinians, including seven militants and 12 civilians, among them six children and a pregnant woman. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis in the town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday morning.
The latest upsurge in the long-running conflict came on Wednesday when Israel killed Hamas' military mastermind, Ahmed Al-Jaabari, in a precision air strike on his car. Israel then began shelling the coastal enclave from land, air and sea.
Israel says its offensive responded to increasing missile salvoes from Gaza. Its bombing has not yet reached the saturation level seen before it last invaded Gaza in 2008, but Israeli officials have said a ground assault remains possible.