As bombs continued to rain down on Gaza, Hamas announced that it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel that would come into force at 10pm UK time on Tuesday.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters: "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9pm and go into effect at midnight."

However, Hamas later issued a revised statement, saying that it was still waiting for an Israeil response and that any ceasefire would not be in place before Wednesday.

Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described Israel as a "willing partner to a long-term solution".

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton also arrived in Jersusalem on Tuesday evening for talks with Mr Netanyahu. She said it was "essential to de-escalate the situation" in Gaza.

Earlier in the day Hamas gunmen shot dead six "traitors" suspected of being Israeli collaborators and attached messages to their bodies explaining that they have been executed by Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the organisation, according to a news agency report.

Witnesses told AFP that a minibus pulled up in a Gaza City neighbourhood on Tuesday and six men were pushed out and mown down by gunmen who remained seated inside.

One of the witnesses said: "Gunmen in a minibus pulled up in the neighbourhood, pushed six men out and shot them without leaving the vehicle."

The witness said the messages pinned to the bodies read: "Al-Qassam Brigades announces the execution of the traitors."

Five bodies were left in the street whereupon a mob stamped and spat on them, with some screaming "spy, spy", according to AP.

A sixth body was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets, the news agency said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli ambassador to the UK has said that civilians in Israel are living through their own version of the Blitz.

In an appeal for support for Israeli military action from the British public, Daniel Taub compares the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities to Nazi Germany's bombing raids on Britain during the Second World War.

Writing on The Huffington Post UK on Tuesday, Taub says that just as Hitler wanted to "terrorise and cow" the people of Britain with bombing raids on their cities, "over one million Israelis have been forced to live under similar conditions, seeking refuge in bomb shelters as a result of thousands of Hamas rocket and mortar attacks".

"While the rockets targeting Israeli civilians – men, women, and children – do not carry as deadly a payload as that of the German bombs of World War II, their aim is equally sinister and illegitimate: to instill fear in the hearts of Israelis and undermine their right to live in a free and independent state," he says.

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  • Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • A Palestinian demonstrator holds a poster depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding a leashed dog superimposed with the head U.S. President Barack Obama, with illustrations of Israel's separation barrier on the left and the gates of Auschwitz Nazi death camp on the right, during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

  • The dead body of a Palestinian woman from the Abdel Aal family is pulled out from the rubble after the family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

  • A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

  • Palestinians carry bodies of members of the Daloo family during their funeral in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. At least eleven members of the Daloo family were killed on Sunday when an Israeli missile struck the two-story home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • The body of 11-month old Ibrahim Daloo is carried by mourners past reporters during a funeral for members of the Daloo family in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Eleven members of the Daloo family were killed on Sunday when an Israeli missile struck the two-story home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Palestinians pray over the bodies of farmers Amin Bashir, 40, and Tamer Bashir, 30, during their funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians pray over the bodies of farmers Amin Bashir, 40, and Tamer Bashir, 30, during their funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of farmer Amin Bashir, 40, during his funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A protester from a student union shouts slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • A protester from a student union shouts slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Protesters from various student unions shout slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Smoke trails are seen after ordnance were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Protesters from various student unions shout slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Pakistani students light candles to condemn the Israeli offensive in Gaza in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil))

  • Smoke is seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • A Palestinian inspects damaged cars following an Israeli air strike in Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Omar)

  • Fire is seen from the explosion at a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from the explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Israeli police sappers remove the remains of an ordnance fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip that landed in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza militants continued for the sixth day on Monday.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Palestinians carry injured people after an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Israeli border policemen run during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip near the West Bank city of Nablus, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

  • Israeli women take cover in a stairwell as a siren signals the warning of incoming rockets in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Palestinians remove debris from a building that was damaged after an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians carry an injured man after an Israeli strike on a building, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday Nov 19. 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod) ISRAEL OUT

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    A Palestinian youth throws a rock at Israeli border gaurds during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus, on November 18, 2012, as Palestinian across the territories protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would not negotiate a truce with Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Palestinian stone thrower jumps as tear gas is fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus, on November 18, 2012, as Palestinian across the territories protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would not negotiate a truce with Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier smokes a cigarette next to a convey of tanks at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers from a tank squadron check their weapons at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 19, 2012. The Israeli cabinet gave its green light for the recruitment of up to 75,000 reservists, Channel 2 television said, amid signs that Israel was gearing up for a ground offensive in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier sits on top of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) and 'Tefilin' (phylacteries) conduct morning prayers at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is ready to 'significantly expand' its operation against militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip as it entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier sits in his tank in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier sleeps on top of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier from a tank squadron wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) prays on top of a tank in an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 19, 2012. The Israeli cabinet gave its green light for the recruitment of up to 75,000 reservists, Channel 2 television said, amid signs that Israel was gearing up for a ground offensive in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier walks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: An Israeli soldier on route to the border with Gaza gestures a victory sign on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Israeli Troops Continue To Gather On Border As UN Call For Truce

    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Supporters of Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI - Movement for Justice) carry placards during an anti-Israel protest in Islamabad on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers look on a as Palestinian students from the Birzeit University clash with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A man sits on a discarded armchair on a hill overlooking Gaza as Israeli forces continue to bombard Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT), a student wing of fundamentalist party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in Karachi on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A dog hides in his kennel as a Birzeit University Palestinian student holding rocks looks towards clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Birzeit University students takes cover behind the university's sign during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT), a student wing of fundamentalist party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in Karachi on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)