Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hamas proposes truce with Israel

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Hamas has proposed a six-month truce with Israel, aimed at easing a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

At a meeting with Egyptian mediators in Cairo on Thursday the Palestinian group offered to cease cross-border rocket attacks if Israel opens crossing points into Gaza and ends military incursions into the Palestinian territory.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, the former Palestinian foreign minister, speaking to reporters in the Egyptian capital on Thursday, said: "The movement agrees to a truce in the Gaza Strip ... fixed at six months, during which period Egypt will work to extend the truce to the West Bank."

Palestinian factions were to meet in Egypt next week to further discuss the Hamas plan.


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