Friday, February 13, 2009

Gaza War/Truce

Hamas Says Cease-Fire Nears; Israel Demurs

New York Times — Hamas officials said Friday that an announcement of an 18-month cease-fire with Israel was days away and would include a substantial opening of Gaza’s borders with Israel in exchange for an end to Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli southern communities. But a senior Israeli official said nothing had been agreed on yet.
Meanwhile, rockets were fired into Israel on Friday, causing no damage or injuries, and Israeli warplanes struck the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, wounding two Popular Resistance Committee fighters.
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Hamas Leader Says Gaza Truce Has Setback

Voice of America The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas says he is unsure of whether a long-term truce with Israel over the Gaza Strip can be announced on Sunday, as previously planned.
Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal told reporters on Friday that there have been some complications and that Egyptian negotiators may need more time to announce a cease-fire.
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Israeli warplanes strike on N Gaza

Xinhua Israeli F16 warplanes struck on Friday night two targets near Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported, witnesses said.
Jabalia residents said the Israeli aircraft hovered over the northern area of the Gaza Strip, where two big successive explosions struck the area, adding the two explosions were a result of Israeli missiles fired at east of the refugee camp.
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