A member of Hamas security forces looks
at the remains of spent ammunition and unexploded bombs, fired by Israeli
warplanes during Israel's 22-day offensive, in Rafah in the southern Gaza
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GAZA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement
said on Monday that it accepted a one-year truce with Israel for lifting the
blockade on Gaza and reopening the border crossings.
Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza told reporters
that the Hamas delegation which arrived in Cairo on Sunday will inform senior
Egyptian security officials that they accept a one-year truce with Israel.
While confirming that Hamas accepted a one-year truce
with Israel, the spokesman also noted that an idea to extend the truce to
another half year "has first to be debated and discussed by Hamas leadership."
A six-month truce between Hamas and Israel brokered
by Egypt expired on Dec. 19. One week after it expired, Israel carried out a
22-day large-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip.
"A one and a half-year truce can be discussed if it
serves the aspirations of the Palestinian people to end their suffering by
lifting the blockade and opening the border crossings," said Barhoum.
He added that case of the captive Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit "is completely isolated from the other files related to the truce,
ending the blockade and opening Gaza Strip borders crossings."
A Hamas delegation, composed of three leaders from
Gaza and two leaders from Damascus, will officially inform the truce mediator
Egypt in Cairo on Monday that Hamas accepts a one-year truce with Israel.
GAZA, Feb. 2
(Xinhua) -- The Islamic movement of Hamas Monday slammed the Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas for criticizing the movement's political attitudes of
ruling the Gaza Strip.
Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza made the accusation
in a statement in response to Abbas' Sunday remarks during his two-day visit to
Egypt that there is no dialogue with those who do not recognize Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole and legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people. Full story
GAZA/RAMALLAH, Feb. 2
(Xinhua) -- Two Palestinians were killed and five injured in both Gaza and the
West Bank on Monday as violence between Israel and the Palestinians had mounted.
Gaza emergency chief Mo'aweya Hassanein said that a
Palestinian was killed and another was critically wounded in an Israeli air raid
on their car that drove east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Full story
GAZA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army confirmed Monday that its troops shot
and killed a Palestinian gunman near one of the Jewish settlement in southern
West Bank area of Hebron, Israel Radio's Arabic service reported.
An army spokesman was quoted as saying that a Palestinian
gunman opened fire at an Israeli army force as he was into a car that stopped
near an Israeli army roadblock south of Hebron. Full story