Israeli delegation heads to Egypt for ceasefire negotiation
Smoke and flames Smoke billows from a Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike - REUTERS

CAIRO: Israel will send a delegation to Egypt Tuesday to participate in negotiations for a ceasefire with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Amira Oron told al- Anadolu Agency Tuesday morning.

“Israel has notified Egypt that is has agreed to their ceasefire proposal,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted early Tuesday morning.

A 72-hour ceasefire entered into force Tuesday morning, several media outlets reported, stating that Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip to “defensive positions.”

Oron told Anadolu the Israeli delegation would “arrive within hours… according to the ceasefire truce that already started Tuesday morning,” adding that the Israeli troops will stay on the border with the Gaza Strip and will be prepared to respond immediately if the ceasefire is breached.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Tuesday Egypt’s initiative for the 72-hour ceasefire and called for respecting it, stressing the importance of applying the Egyptian initiative, according to Palestinian News and Info Agency Wafa.

Azem Al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation in Egypt for negotiations, said Monday that during the ceasefire initiative, they will start indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations for a lasting ceasefire and to achieve Palestinian demands that include stopping Israeli aggression on Palestine and “criminal Israeli military operations” against people in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas agreed on a 72-hour ceasefire agreement to start Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time, and under no conditions from either party, according to Sky News Arabia.

An Israeli army spokesman said Monday, “the army destroyed all the tunnels that have been found in the Gaza Strip, and we still have a number of goals,” according to Sky News Arabia.

Since the beginning of the current Israeli offensive in Gaza on July 8, 1,865 Palestinians have been killed and 9,470 injured, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on his Facebook page Monday.

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  1. JaaZee1
    August 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Will , the PLO initiate discussions with Israel and not include Hamas, or am I missing something?

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