Official: Palestinian groups agree to halt attacks on Israel
Armed groups have agreed to suspend attacks against Israel as they near a formal truce deal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and await Israel's response, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.
According to The AP, Palestinian negotiator Ziad Abu Amr said the armed groups have promised to suspend attacks on Israel. "They will continue doing that for some time to see if Israel is ready to accept demands and hold the truce," Abu Amr told the Voice of Palestinian radio, after Abbas said in a TV interview that he was close to sealing a cease-fire deal with the various Palestinian groups.
Palestinian officials said Abbas would not formally declare a truce until he has won Israeli guarantees.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Egypt would host within the next few days a high-ranking meeting in Cairo between a number of PA and Hamas Movement's officials with the goal of putting final touches to an agreement that might lead to a truce with Israel.