Thursday, July 17, 2014

Conflicting statements emerge over possible Gaza truce | Al Akhbar English

Conflicting statements emerge over possible Gaza truce | Al Akhbar English

An Israeli official said Thursday that Israel had agreed a ceasefire with Hamas that will begin at 6:00 am Friday, but the Islamist movement said it had "no information" on a deal.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Israeli official told AFP that Israel and Hamas "have agreed upon a ceasefire that will begin at 6:00 am tomorrow."
Hamas refused to confirm the report, with spokesman Fawzi Barhum telling AFP: "We have no information about this agreement."
If it emerges as true that Israel has agreed to a truce without the knowledge of Hamas negotiators, it would be the second such instance this week.
On Tuesday Israel said it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas that went into effect at 9:00 am. But Hamas officials said it was not consulted on the deal, and had not agreed to it.
The potential breakthrough came as Israel's assault on Gaza entered its tenth day, with the fighting to far claiming the lives of 231 Palestinians and one Israeli.
(AFP, Al-Akhbar)