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CAIRO, August 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The Palestinian delegation at the ongoing negotiations in Cairo has accepted the Egyptian mediators’ invitation to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza for a period of 30 days, the Sky News Arabia news channel said on Tuesday.
According to earlier reports, the parties to the conflict may declare a new Cairo-mediated armistice agreement. It is expected that a statement to this effect will be made in the Egyptian capital at 8pm local time on Tuesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will disclose the details of the agreement in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
HAMAS officials have already confirmed that an agreement has been concluded. “The negotiations are over. We have achieved understanding thanks to the firmness of our people,” one of the HAMAS leaders, Mousa Abu Marzook said, adding that the end of aggression was a victory of Palestinian resistance.
“The agreement between the two parties has been achieved. We are expecting an official statement from Cairo to set a date when the truce will take effect,” HAMAS spokesman in Gaza Sami Abu Zuhri said.
The previous round of consultations between the warring parties was disrupted a week ago. Hostilities in the Palestinian enclave resumed. HAMAS said that “there will be no new talks in Cairo with Israel until the latter agrees in advance to meet all legitimate demands of the Palestinians.”
Israel is pressing for demilitarization of Gaza and guarantees of its own security. The Palestinians are emphatically against this. They demand the blockade should be lifted from the coastal enclave first.