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Report: Egypt negotiating Gaza ceasefire
Published Sunday 11/11/2012 (updated) 13/11/2012 10:04
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A boy walks amidst rubble of, what Palestinians say, is a house
damaged in an Israeli air strike in Jabalya, in the northern Gaza
Strip November 11, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Egypt is making efforts to implement a ceasefire with Gaza factions to end the latest round of cross border violence which has killed six Gazans and injured dozens more since Saturday, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Senior Egyptian sources said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to a ceasefire as long as Israel halts airstrikes on the coastal enclave, Ynet news reported.

The sources said that on Saturday Hamas asked Egyptian authorities to mediate a cessation to hostilities, the Israeli website said.

Yasser Othman, Egyptian Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, said that Egypt was "making considerable efforts to stop the escalation and establish a lull," Ynet said.

Islamic Jihad, however, said in a statement that it had not agreed to a truce and will "respond to Israeli aggression which targets civilians."

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also denied agreeing to a truce with Israel, calling on factions to respond strongly to Israeli attacks against Palestinians.

Earlier, Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvos by Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

On Saturday, Israel shelled the Gaza Strip killing four civilians and injuring at least 25. Israel's army said it was responding to a missile attack on an Israeli military jeep which injured four soldiers.

Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood near Gaza City was full of people paying respects to a bereaved family man when a shell struck.

Gaza factions fired dozens of rockets into Israel in response to the deaths, with Israel launching an airstrike early Sunday which killed two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Two workers were wounded later when a plastics factory in northern Gaza Strip caught fire after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell, emergency workers said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that nearly 70 rockets had been fired into Israel since midnight on Saturday, injuring four Israelis.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a centrist in Israel's coalition government, played down speculation that the upcoming election was affecting Gaza policy.

"I don't think the election should be a consideration in how we respond. It is not meant to make us avoid action ... nor is it meant to provoke us into grabbing some kind of opportunity for an operation," Barak told Israel's Army Radio.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) esther / israel
11/11/2012 23:14
Just forget about any ceasefire, its not worth the paper it written on! As long as this mad men from Hamas are rouling Gaza, even any thoughts about peace is a waste of time! Send them home!

2 ) Palestinian / USA
12/11/2012 02:15
Israel is all about politics, they could easily take over Gaza again, but they don't for several reasons, mainly to always have an excuse for an "enemy" , get aid and weapons flowing in, also elections, and to play victim and claim self defense to get away with settlement expansion, also to keep a future war in consideration to take over natural resources. That being said, rockets aren't effective, militants groups should do military operations when meccasary that kill Israelis. Or it will loss

3 ) ian / australia
12/11/2012 03:26
The idiocy of these factions rises to heaven. What do they think more violence will achieve? Israel WITHDREW from Gaza (to concentrate on taking over the West Bank) seven years ago. Gaza was (relatively) free. They always KNEW they had a sadistic bully for a neighbour, with a criminal agenda and designs on Palestinian land, but why pointlessly provoke it, and why respond to its transparent provocations? Even blockaded they could have made the most of their resources, like the beautiful

4 ) ian / australia
12/11/2012 03:28
(contd.) Mediterranean coast, and managed. Or done something constructive...EVEN seceding from the rest of Palestine with a UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) and forming a "breakaway" Palestinian state (which is still an option IMHO given the new Egypt and the virtual impossibility of a roadlink which BISECTS the sovereign territory of their meshuggah neighbour.)

5 ) ian / australia
12/11/2012 04:16
A bit more: Gaza is already a virtual state with (elected) leaders stubbornly refusing to reconcile with Fatah or recognise its authority or re-attach to the rest of Palestine. And its borders aren't in dispute. Perhaps separate fates is simpler. Abbas can work to entrench the green line as the LEGAL border of Palestine (on the Jordan) and Gaza, to the best of its ability (G-d help them) can look after itself.

6 ) with whom??? / there are so many
12/11/2012 06:20
factions in Gaza

7 ) For Real Leader / غزة جيش
12/11/2012 07:27
Israel will never go by it- So what's the point in the Palestinian resistance factions honoring it & NOT being at the ready expecting more Zionist aggression؟ Israel will only claim a ceasefire: then go on an assassination spree against military members in Gaza- seen it happen to many times already to know better. The conflict is open. There is no compromises from the resistance in Gaza; It's according to Zionist occupation's actions against Gaza= Resistance'l stay poised 2 respond 2 ZOF crimes.
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