Tripartite Crisis Management Group to Deal with Gaza Security
Palestinians, Israelis and Americans have agreed to set up a crisis management group to deal with problems in the Gaza Strip, a top Palestinian official said in Gaza Sunday, downplaying an Israeli announcement of a ceasefire accord.
"We agreed to set up a Palestinian-Israeli-US crisis management group to deal with any security problems which might arise in Gaza," General Abdel Razeq al-Majeidah, head of general security in the Gaza Strip said in a statement.
It was published a few hours a meeting between Majeidah and General Yom Tov Samia, head of the Israeli army's southern region, at the Erez crossing point at the northern end of the Gaza Strip.
Majeidah said the Palestinians had told the Israelis they "reject their uni-literal measures and demand a comprehensive ceasefire on the Israeli side."
"During the meeting, the Israeli side asked us to stop incitement in the media, reopen the road to Netzarim, end terrorist attacks and prevent demonstrators from reaching areas of friction," he said.
"But we did not submit, and we shall not submit to Israel's conditions and dictates," he said.
Samia said earlier they had reached a deal for an immediate halt to fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Witnesses saw the Palestinian police removing demonstrators from the area of the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, in implicit confirmation that a deal had indeed been reached -- GAZA CITY (AFP)
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