Palestinian-Israeli delegations’ final negotiations before truce ends
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A new Palestinian-Israeli negotiations round to reach a permanent cease-fire agreement will start in Cairo on Wednesday, Sky News Arabia reported.

The Israeli delegation left Cairo International Airport on Tuesday night to Tel Aviv to present the last indirect negotiations on the Israeli government. They returned to complete the negotiations on Wednesday morning.

The second truce, which was proposed by Egypt on Aug. 10, will end in 24 hours as was accepted by both sides after the meeting between the Palestinian delegation and Egyptian intelligence head Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy Sunday morning, MENA reported.

For permanent truce, Palestinian factions demanded an end of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, the opening of Rafah Border Crossing, and an expansion of the permitted fishing area; Israel demanded the disarmament of the Palestinian factions.

A Palestinian delegation member told France Press Agency that there is a development in the negotiations but still not enough for a permanent agreement. He said the negotiations will continue on Wednesday, Sky News Arabia reported.

Another Palestinian delegation member spoke in anonymity to Sky News Arabia that Israel accepted to open the crossings in front of the aids to reach Gaza and agreed to the reconstruction of Gaza in the presence of their security and the Palestinian Authority.

They said Israel had agreed on expanding six more miles for fishing later in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. According to the Oslo Accords in 1993, Palestine was allowed a 23-mile fishing zone but was reduced in 2009 to approximately four miles, which had the negative effect of low income and overfishing in the small area.

The source said there would be Egyptian-American monitoring of Israeli compliance with the agreements.

Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said in a press statement late Tuesday that since the beginning of the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza on July 8, 1,951 Palestinians were killed and 10,193 wounded, while 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed, according to MENA.

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