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Islamic Jihad: Truce to be signed after 5-day ceasefire
Published Friday 15/08/2014 (updated) 16/08/2014 16:11
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A truce agreement will be signed with Israel once the five-day ceasefire ends, an Islamic Jihad spokesman said Friday.

Yousef al-Hasayneh told Ma'an that the Palestinian side agreed to a five-day truce to give Egypt more time to remove some "technical issues" hindering a final agreement.

"We expect a complete truce agreement to be signed right as the five-day ceasefire ends," al-Hasayneh said. "The delegation has made much progress in ending the siege and the offensive on Palestinians."

The agreement will end Israel's military offensive, ease the siege, expand the fishing zone and increase imports into Gaza, especially construction materials, the Jihad official said.

Construction of an airport and seaport will be discussed a month after signing the agreement.

"Egypt is the sponsor for the agreement, but there is a more important sponsor, which is the resistance," al-Hasayneh said.

"We, as the Islamic Jihad, are not interested in American sponsorship because we do not trust the United States, the partner of Israel, who supplies them with arms and money."

He stressed that any Islamic Jihad would respond to any Israeli attack.

A day earlier, deputy secretary-general of Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhaala, said "great progress" had been made in the talks and an agreement would be announced soon.

More than 1,950 Palestinians -- the vast majority civilians -- have been killed in the five-week Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, which the UN said destroyed or severely damaged the homes of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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1 ) Jai Ahmed / United kingdom
15/08/2014 14:08
Free Palestine

2 ) Abdul Majid / UK
15/08/2014 17:21
If this is true its a step in the right direction - but I think the boycott of Israeli goods would have also been a key factor as well - thats where it hurts and a contuation of it or a deepening of it could cripple Israels viability even if its only a people led boycott (shame on the UK government) but hopefully a triumph for righeous people power who have compassion for humanity.

3 ) Ruksana / UK
15/08/2014 18:03
The blockade needs to be lifted entirely not eased! The Palestinians need to get their land back to the 1967 borders. They need to have a sea port and Airport which needs to be agreed now not later in. I don't trust Israel or Egypt for that matter! Egypt need to lift the blockade from their side as well. I wouldn't agree for a ceasefire without having theses terms agreed to this is their basic human rights!

4 ) Julie / USA
15/08/2014 18:03
@Ma'an: what do you mean "ease" the siege?? will the agreement END the siege...or not??? ease and end have entirely different meanings.

5 ) Hawk / India
15/08/2014 19:03
Hezbollah should help Palestian resistance fighters if israeil don't agree

6 ) Rebeka Rahman / England, London
16/08/2014 00:43
Good to hear something positive is happening..!! In Sha Allah...I just hope the ceasefire stands peacefully to the end an a definate agreement is permanent . I wish Egypt holds there end of the bargain .. An no one goes back on there words... Also wondering is Egypt willing to open there border too apart of there agreement.?? Free Palestine Forever .. No more bloodshed ... No more killing of innocent children an women ...

7 ) Chasity m foley / USA
16/08/2014 17:50
Iam a amercian. I am boycotting Israeli products and products produced on Israeli settlements. I do not go for what there doing. The Palestinians are humans just like us and deserve and need their basic freedom and rights to live, work and travel. A lot of people see the Palestinian people as Muslims and terrorists when in reality they are of varied religions and are fighting for basic rights and freedoms desired of all people as desired by all Americans. When people are oppressed they fight.

8 ) Jay / KSA
16/08/2014 20:54
Of course we all want the siege ended, but it's not for us, sitting comfortably at a safe distance from Gaza, to tell people there how to resist the occupation!

9 ) Fay / USA
16/08/2014 22:12
Does that mean that Hamas will stop firing rockets? Will the imported cement serve the Gazans or will it serve Hamas to build new tunnels? LONG LIVE ISRAEL!!

10 ) Sk.Sani / India
16/08/2014 22:20
Free Palestine forever...

11 ) Emmanuel Mc Evoy / Ireland
17/08/2014 19:04
There can only be peace when the original boundaries are replaced and respected by the Israelis Continue the boycott

12 ) Outlier / USA
19/08/2014 00:03
Wrong again! Islamic Jihad has a propensity for delusion.
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