US Secretary of State John Kerry made more than 100 calls over the last 10 days in a bid to stop the bloodshed in Gaza, his aides have revealed.
Kerry had been pushing for a deal all week and made several dozen phone calls yesterday alone, it was claimed.
It is hoped the 72-hour truce will be long enough to get peace talks started.
Even so, there is no guarantee the ceasefire will hold once it is up on Monday morning.
There have been two days of quiet in Gaza. No rockets or missiles, no more destroyed houses, no more ambulance sirens screaming.
A three-year-old girl has been rescued from Gaza and brought to London for life-saving heart surgery.
A small team of NHS doctors and surgeons is travel to Gaza to set up facilities and establish how best to use specialists and equipment.