'Hamas would agree to immediate ceasefire with Israel'

With Egyptian mediation, Hamas official says Islamist group would agree to ceasefire as long as Israel agrees to stop air strikes on Gaza Strip, Channel 10 news reports.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 21, 2011 20:15
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Masked Hamas terrorists 311 (R). (photo credit: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

An official from Hamas said that the Islamist group would agree to a ceasefire, effective from Sunday evening, if Israel agrees to halt air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 news reported.

According to the report, the deal was brokered by Egyptians in an attempt to return calm to the region, which has seen a spasm of violence in the past number of days after a multistage attack was carried out by terrorists along the Israeli-Egyptian border Thursday.

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Israel has not commented on the alleged ceasefire offer from Hamas, and it was not immediately clear if the agreement would go into effect Sunday night as proposed.

Only a number of hours earlier, the IAF launched air strikes on Hamas military installations in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip. The strikes were in retaliation for the continuing rocket fire from Gaza into population centers in southern Israel, including Beersheba and Ashdod.

Nine Israelis and at least 30 Palestinians have been killed in the spike of violence that began with the multistage attack last Thursday.


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