Israel to begin 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities on Saturday: U.S. official

CAIRO (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities starting at 7 am Israeli time (12 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, made the comment when asked about Kerry's earlier statement on a goodwill gesture by Netanyahu at a press conference in Cairo.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Susan Fenton)