Palestinian factions agree to Israel truce
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Palestinian militant factions meeting in Cairo agreed on Wednesday to a proposal for a truce with Israel, set to begin in the Gaza Strip. The Jewish state said it would stop Gaza air raids if there was an end to missile-fire.
But a number of factions were equivocal in their support for the truce, and some said they reserved the right to retaliate against Israeli attacks.
“All the Palestinian factions have agreed to the Egyptian proposal on a truce with
The official said the proposal included a “comprehensive, reciprocal and simultaneous truce, implemented in a graduated framework starting in the Gaza Strip and then subsequently moving to the
MENA said the proposal was part of a broader plan eventually leading to the lifting of the blockade which
The plan includes attempts to reconcile the two biggest Palestinian factions—the Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip and the Fatah group which controls the Palestinian Authority from its base in the
Talal Nagy of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, one of the groups attending the talks, said: “We are in favour of the truce, on the condition that it be balanced, reciprocal, equal and comprehensive, to include
Ghazi Hussein of the small group Saiqa said his group supported the truce on similar terms, but that this did not mean they would “end the resistance to the Israeli occupation”.
The group Islamic Jihad said on Tuesday it had approved a truce with
“Despite our reservations, we have given a chance to the Egyptian effort to lift the siege and end the aggression,” Abu Mujahed, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees said in
Senior Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Rabah Mhana told Reuters his group would not be an obstacle to a Palestinian consensus, but that it believed a truce under occupation would be harmful.
Hamas welcomed news of the agreement in
Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said: “For quiet to be sustainable and to be real it must contain three essential elements: total absence of hostile fire from Gaza into Israel, an end to terrorist attacks, and the end of illicit arm transfers. If this was to happen we could have quiet tomorrow.”
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