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Olmert announces unilateral truce in Gaza from 2:00 am Sunday – Hamas to continue

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Saturday January 17, 2009 22:38 by Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC News

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehod Olmert, anouced on Saturday night that his government decided to a unilatral truce in Gaza which starts on Sunday 2:00 am.

The Israeli Prime Minister Ehod Olmert

Olmert said that the decision comes after the military operation Israeli started in Gaza 22nd days ago have managed to weaken the Hamas movement which controls Gaza since June 2007.

The Israeli PM added that Israeli tanks well keep key positions in Gaza and will respond to any attack by the Palestinian resistance.

Osama Hamdan, the Hamas leader in Lebanon, told Al Jazeera TV that Hamas will continue to resist the as long as there is Israeli tanks and troops in Gaza.

Hamas demanded last week a cease fire, but also demanded the borders to be open. Last year Hamas agreed to cease fire with Israel for six month which ended on December 16th 2008, Israeli sis not allow borders to be open leaving the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza jailed.

On Friday Following talks in Cairo with Egyptian officials over the cease-fire, Hamas declared its acceptance to the Egyptian initiatives to end the war on the Gaza Strip. Hamas on one-hand, insisted that any agreement should include an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of Israeli troops. Also they want Israel to open all border crossings of the Gaza Strip especially the Rafah terminal in addition to ending the 20-month siege on the Gaza Strip.

Israel on the other hand, did not officially accept the Egypt initiative yet. Israeli officials said that they will handle it positively.

The Egyptian proposal consists of three major issues. First, both parties will agree to an immediate, time-limited cease-fire, during which the border crossings will be opened for humanitarian aid and Egypt will lead negotiations on a long-term truce. Secondly, the long-term truce must include provisions on both border security and an end to the blockade of Gaza. And third issue is that Fatah and Hamas should resume reconciliation talks.

Unprovoked, Israel embarked on its military attack on December 27th 2008, by Sunday night Israeli continued bombardment have claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Palestinians among them nearly 400 children. Six Israeli civilians and 10 Israeli soldiers have been killed by the Palestinian resistance fire.


Written by morris

January 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Posted in Gaza, israel

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