Egypt to announce ceasefire agreement in Gaza

Published August 25th, 2014 - 08:31 GMT

Israeli military sources say Egypt could announce a one-month ceasefire agreement in Gaza on Monday after mediators made significant progress, Israeli news site Walla reported.

According to the Hebrew language site, Egypt will make the announcement late Monday, with both Hamas and Islamic Jihad having reportedly agreed to the deal.

The agreement includes the first stage of opening the Rafah crossing and the expansion of the Gaza's fishing zone to 12 nautical miles, Walla reported.

Israel will also gradually allow more commercial products into Gaza, including construction material, via the Kerem Shalom crossing if the ceasefire is maintained.

On Sunday, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said that the group insists that the siege on Gaza is lifted and that Gazans were being starved by a lack of food and medicine.

Speaking to an Iranian TV station, the Hamas leader said negotiations with Israel were pointless as nothing as been achieved through talks.

"Only by force and pressure did Israel give us land back," Mashaal said.


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