CAIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian delegation in Cairo's ongoing negotiations accepted Sunday Egypt's proposal of extending the ceasefire in Gaza for another 72 hours, state-run Ahram news website quoted Palestinian sources as reporting.
The Palestinian delegation which met with Egyptian intelligence officials in the capital Cairo discussed means to return back to the truce talks and to reach a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.
"The Israeli reply for this proposal hasn't yet been received," the Palestinian sources said.
Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will abstain from the Gaza ceasefire negotiating table in Cairo as long as there is rocket fire coming from the enclave.
"Israel will not negotiate under fire," Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting held at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.
After intensified talks with Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo, Egypt managed to broker a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between the two sides that expired on Friday early morning and both sides then resumed fighting.
The ongoing Israeli offensive on the restive Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which is going on for over one month, has left more than 1, 900 Palestinians killed and about 10,000 wounded, while Hamas attacks killed 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.
JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel will abstain from the Gaza cease- fire negotiating table in Cairo as long as there is rocket fire from Gaza.
"Israel will not negotiate under fire," Netanyahu said at the beginning of his weekly cabinet meeting held at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.Full Story
CAIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's intelligence chief Mohamed Tohamy met here on Sunday with the Palestinian delegation to discuss means for returning back to the truce talks and to reach a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, official news agency MENA reported.
This is the fourth time for the Palestinian negotiators headed by Azzam el-Ahmad, Member of Fatah Central Commit, to meet the Egyptian intelligence to reach an agreement via indirect talks with the Israeli side.Full Story