Islamic Jihad joins Hamas and declares truce; Official announcement expected Sunday
An Islamic Jihad leader said Saturday his group accepted a conditional three-month halt to attacks on Israelis. "We have accepted a conditional cease-fire for three months," the leader, Mohammed al-Hindi, told The Associated Press.
Al-Hindi said intensive meetings on Saturday between Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Fatah were working out the final wording of an official cease-fire declaration. "I expect that it's going to be finished within 24 hours and after that it will be declared, if not tomorrow, the day after," al-Hindi said.
Hamas leaders had indicated that they've agreed to the truce, but they were waiting to declare formal acceptance in the joint declaration with all the parties.
The Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Ayyam reported Saturday that the cease-fire agreement reached by Palestinian factions is to be announced Sunday at 11 A.M. in Gaza, Ramallah and Cairo.
According to the newspaper, the agreement includes conditions presented by the Palestinians to Israel, among them an end to assassinations, raids and arrests, the removal of closures in Palestinian cities and the release of all Palestinian prisoners. (Albawaba.com)
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