Sunday, August 10, 2014

Israel and Palestinians agree new truce

Israel and Palestinian  have agreed to a new 72-hour ceasefire. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week, but fighting soon resumed.  It is hoped the latest ceasefire, due to begin at 21:00 GMT, will enable all parties to agree on a longer truce.

The following is from the BBC...

"Israel has accepted Egypt's proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire," a senior Israeli official told the BBC.
The official added that Israel would send negotiators to Cairo on Monday if the truce holds.

Izzat al-Reshiq, a Hamas negotiator in Cairo, told Reuters news agency: "In light of Israel's acceptance of the truce and their return without pre-conditions, we will inform the Egyptian brothers of our positive response."

In a statement, Egypt's foreign ministry urged both sides to resume indirect negotiations and "work towards a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire agreement".


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