GAZA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, rejected early Tuesday an Egyptian initiative on ceasing fire with Israel, saying there would be no ceasefire before reaching an agreement, according to Hamas spokesman.
"We reject any ceasefire before reaching a truce agreement," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in an emailed press statement, adding that Hamas is still under occupation and resistance is the right of their people to defend themselves.
Egypt presented a five-point initiative for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Monday, calling for a ceasefire on the ground, and then inviting the warring parties to go to Cairo for a detailed agreement.
But Abu Zuhri said they had not received any official initiative from any side. "If the published text of this initiative is correct, we only say that this is an initiative of subordination and submission, al-Qassam Brigades totally and completely rejects it," said the statement.
Since July 8, Israel has been engaged in a large-scale aerial operation against the Gaza Strip, where Israeli war jets have carried out hundreds of intensive airstrikes on targets that belong to Hamas and other militant groups in the coastal enclave.
The Gaza-based health ministry said the operation has killed 187 people, wounded 1,390 others, and destroyed more than 250 houses.
CAIRO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt launched an initiative demanding immediate ceasefire in Gaza and urging Israel to stop its aggressions on the Palestinian people in the enclave, official MENA news agency reported on Monday.
"Egypt invites both Israel and the Palestinian factions for immediate ceasefire as escalation, violence, counter-violence and the resultant victims will not be in favor of any of the two parties," says the text of the initiative. Full story
RAMALLAH, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas welcomed late on Monday the Egyptian ceasefire initiative to end a bloody week of cross-border violence between Israel and the Palestinian factions.
Abbas appreciated the Egyptian role and efforts to protect the Palestinian people, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Full story
JERUSALEM, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The security cabinet was slated to convene on Tuesday morning to discuss an Egyptian proposal aiming to end the raging conflict between Israeli troops and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported.
Unnamed Israeli officials, quoted by Israeli media, said the Israeli government was taking the Egyptian proposal seriously. Full story