Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hamas denies reports about ceasefire extension


GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas has denied recent reports about extending the Egyptian-brokered three-day ceasefire with the Israeli occupation beyond the initial Friday deadline.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement: “The extension of the truce for an extra 72-hour period has not been up for discussion. Any otherwise provided pieces of news are groundless.”
Israeli sources claimed overnight a three-day-extension deal has been reached. Hamas said it is ready to respond to other rounds of attacks until all of its demands, laid on the truce table, are met.
According to Hamas, ceasefire beyond the scheduled Friday deadlines will remain off the table as long as no steps forward are made in terms of Hamas demands.
Hamas draft of truce demands, handed over to Egypt by the Palestinian resistance factions, calls for an unconditional ceasefire and Israel’s immediate withdrawal from the Gaza Strip along with lifting the Gaza blockade, opening border crossings, and smoothing the access of passengers and goods out of and into the Strip.
The list included other set of demands most notably ensuring Palestinians’ freedom of fishing up to 12 nautical miles off Gaza’s coast, recuperating Gaza airport, establishing a seaport, cancelling the so-called buffer zones and lifting the sanctions imposed on West Bankers since June 12, 2014.
The resistance factions further called for an immediate initiation of the Gaza reconstruction projects to be assisted by the unity government and the UN and sending badly needed basic materials to the Gaza population especially foodstuffs, medicine and fuel and other necessary materials for the reoperation of the Gaza power plant.