Egypt proposes long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas - report

According to the report, the Egyptians suggested the ceasefire in exchange for humanitarian and economic improvements for the Gaza Strip.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
August 31, 2019 18:32
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A fuel tanker leaves the Gaza power plant in the central Gaza Strip August 26, 2019

A fuel tanker leaves the Gaza power plant in the central Gaza Strip August 26, 2019. (photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

During talks with a Hamas delegation, Egyptian intelligence officials proposed a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic terrorist group controlling the Gaza Strip, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Friday morning.

According to the report, the Egyptians suggested a long-term ceasefire in exchange for humanitarian and economic improvements for the coastal enclave.

The officials warned the Hamas delegation that, given the tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, Israel would strike a fatal blow to the Strip if there will be a conflict.
During the talks, the Hamas delegation guaranteed that the weekly "March of Return" protests will be restrained this Friday, according to Ynet.

According to the report, if Hamas maintains its promise, Israel will restore the fuel supply to Gaza to its full capacity on Sunday after cutting it by half this week following rocket launches.

Shortly after publication of the report, sources at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Unit claimed that six fuel trucks, funded by Qatar, crossed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

The Egyptian officials also claimed that if the Gaza border riots will not create any altercations with IDF forces – and as long as rockets will not be fired at Israel – the fuel supply might return to normal.



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