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Ceasefire Between Israel And Hamas To Be Announced

The Jerusalem Post reports that a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be announced before midnight on Monday, according to Palestinian sources.

The pending ceasefire comes after the Egyptian government mediated talks between the two sides. The proposal supposedly features aspects that focus on security and politics, including the end of a siege on Gaza.

According to Tarel Fahmi, the head of the Israeli Unit at the Egyptian National Center for Middle East Studies, said that the issues the talks focused on were “the Gaza airport and Israeli concessions regarding the sea, as well as the issue of the tunnels.”

“Israel insists on demilitarizing the Gaza Strip from rockets and missiles, and the declaration of a cease-fire that would last between five and seven years,” Fahmi told The Jerusalem Post. “The Palestinian side has yet to compromise on any of the key questions.”

Israel is also insisting that Hamas return the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed in the conflict.

One of the solutions the proposal offers includes the Palestinian Authority overseeing border crossings.

Negotiations on a longer-term deal would begin next month to address issues like Hamas’s demands for a seaport and airport in Gaza, which Israel has been vehemently opposed to.

Ending the Gaza blockade hasn’t been discussed.

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