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Abbas, Mashaal to meet Sunday to discuss Gaza truce
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 20/07/2014 22:42
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RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said.

The official close to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "The president will meet Mashaal to discuss ways of reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip," where Israel's campaign has killed more than 340 Palestinians since July 8.

Sunday's meeting comes after the Islamist movement that controls the coastal territory said it had passed on its conditions for a ceasefire to Abbas, Qatar, Turkey and the Arab League.

Hamas' conditions include "an end to aggression against the Palestinian people," lifting the blockade on the territory, and opening the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

They also include freedom of movement for Gaza Palestinians in the area bordering Israel, freeing prisoners rearrested after being exchanged for a seized Israeli soldier, and extending the territory's fishing zone.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
20/07/2014 01:26
- Where once Gaza could have just stopped attacking, NOW IT IS PROBABLY TOO LATE FOR A TRUCE, since the threat of tunnels has been made very clear !! - Eventually an abduction will succeed again, if nothing is done, and Israel has no intention of allowing a "Gilad Shalit" repeat, with an Israeli held for 5 years, and freeing 1,000 murderers in exchange !!

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
20/07/2014 04:01
Abbas should ask Meshal where he got the money to buy a 4 million dollar house in Syria while he lived there. He might ask him where he got the money to invest in multi million dollar development in Qatar since he was so poor before he could not afford a pack of cigarettes.

3 ) Hylton Fernandes / Canada
20/07/2014 04:45
The citizens of Gaza have nothing to loose, they are denied the basic necessities of life and lives in a concentration camp with no future. Israel continues to steal their lands and brutally suppresses any opposition from the Palestinians. Israel is a racist state and should be held accountable for their aggression. A truce must include a lifting of the blockade, free movement, and access to the Egyptian crossing. The Palestinians people have struggled far too long.

4 ) David / USA
20/07/2014 05:28
Mashaal lives like a prince while hiding in Qater while other people's kids die in the fighting. What a 'leader.' He's probably talking to Abbas about how they can steal the donor money they will ask for to rebuild the place! Arab 'leadership' is a pathetic joke.

5 ) How can this man who lives / so far from the danger zone
20/07/2014 09:21
control the life of 1.8 million Gazans? what gives him this power? who pays him all that money to live in luxury hotels??? very strange

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
20/07/2014 11:26
Good opportunity for Mashaal to kill Abbas and take over, since that's what Hamas wants.

7 ) Too late / ISRAEL IS NOT GOING
20/07/2014 12:09
to stop now until HAMAS IS DESTROYED! You had your chance several times.

8 ) Who is supporting this / PARASITE
20/07/2014 13:57
who sends people to die while he lives abroad like a MILLIONAIRE!!!!

9 ) Paris / USA
20/07/2014 18:36
Hylton (3), I totally agree with you. Shame on Kerry & Obama for backing Israel to the hilt. They forget how hard black people in the USA had to fight for their rights, when the USA operated an apartheid and racist regime here.

10 ) Grim reality / Hell
20/07/2014 22:16
#4) No it's no joke. You reap what you sow!

11 ) Outlier / USA
20/07/2014 22:43
May both enjoy the peace and quiet of Qatar, well away from the suffering of their respective peoples.
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