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Israel, Palestinians Agree 72-Hour Truce From Tuesday: Source

Israel, Palestinians Agree 72-Hour Truce From Tuesday: Source

Cairo (AFP) — Israel and the Palestinians have agreed a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire that would start at 0500 GMT Tuesday, said a senior official in Egypt, which is hosting truce talks.

“Egypt’s contacts with relevant parties have achieved a commitment for a 72-hour truce in Gaza starting from 0500 GMT tomorrow morning, and an agreement for the rest of the relevant delegations to come to Cairo to conduct further negotiations,” the official told AFP.

A Palestinian delegation, including Hamas representatives, has been holding talks in Cairo with Egyptian mediators for a durable truce in Gaza, but Israel has not yet sent any negotiators to the Egyptian capital.

“The Palestinians have agreed to a ceasefire proposed by Egypt,” Azzam al-Ahmed, leader of the Palestinian delegation, told reporters in Cairo.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

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  • HoldenLitgo

    How can the Palestinians agree to a ceasefire? They have no army. Hamas had to have agreed to the ceasefire, Palestinians are not Hamas. An important distinction that needs to be made. Both Hamas and Israel are out to destroy the Palestinian people for their own selfish and horrible reasons and the Western media has yet to realize that. Or, even more egregiously, they refuse to acknowledge it.

    • Dominick Vila

      A lot of people don’t understand that Hamas is a political party, that the Palestinians are not allowed to have a standing army, that they don’t have an air force or navy, and that Israel has one of the best military forces in the world.
      The existence of Hamas, and the reason most Palestinians in the Gaza Strip vote for them, is influenced by the brutality of the living conditions that exist in that horrible part of the world. Desperate people do desperate things, including launching rudimentary rockets that are easily intercepted and seldom reach their target, that are used by Israel to justify the use of overwhelming force.
      Hamas shares part of the blame, and so do the Palestinians for allowing their efforts to attract international attention and help, but what happened in the Gaza Strip during the last month is abhorrent and should not be condoned.